Prevent altitude sickness

Does being in good shape help against altitude sickness?

How good a person's fitness should be depends on the physical strain of the journey: the duration of the journey as a whole, the number of hours active during the days, the amount of rest days, the amount and weight of the pack, the environment and the type of activity. It is important to have all this clearly in order to be able to train in a targeted way and to ... read more

How can altitude sickness be prevented?

You should limit the speed at which you ascend by taking as much time as possible for acclimatisation. From experience we know that between 2500 and about 4000 metres is a safe ascent rate for almost everyone of about 300 metres per day. The speed of ascent is the difference in sleeping height between two stages of the day. As it takes 4-12 hours on average for altitude sickness to set in, the ... read more

What is high cerebral edema?

Altitude cerebral oedema (HACE) is also a disease that can occur at altitude. It is more commonly seen from 3700 m, but can already occur from 2600 m. This disease also involves fluid accumulation. This is not in the lungs, but in the brain: the control centre of our body and therefore crucial for our survival. The fluid accumulation causes the brain to swell and ... read more

What is pulmonary oedema?

Altitude pulmonary oedema is another illness that can occur at altitudes as low as 2500 m. The term oedema refers to an accumulation of fluid. As the name suggests, this accumulation occurs in the lungs, more specifically in the alveoli. Gas exchange takes place in these alveoli. The oxygen from the inhaled air is absorbed into the alveoli, and this is exchanged ... read more

Recognising altitude sickness and how to act

AMS is diagnosed according to the following three criteria: High rate of increase in the last 4 days Presence of headache and the presence of at least one other symptom (loss of appetite, nausea, dizziness or fatigue); A total score of 3 or more on the Lake-Louise questionnaire A total score of 3 or more on the Lake-Louise questionnaire read more

What is the cause of altitude sickness?

As we climb to higher altitudes, much changes in the environment. Apart from the fact that the air is less polluted and the trees make way for rocks and snow, the composition of the air also changes. One of these changes is that the oxygen partial pressure is getting lower. This means that there are fewer oxygen molecules in the same volume of air than there are at a lower altitude. read more

Wilco Van Rooijen experiments with a high altitude tent

Goal was to climb 2 big 7000-ders in the Pamir mountains of Tajikistan. Namely: Korzhenevskaya peak (7105m) and the Somoni peak (7495m). To be able to do this in 3 weeks, I wanted to try and find out if acclimatization with a so called altitude tent would work. Via Altitude Dream, I came into contact with Kristof van Malderen. He is a top athlete himself and has participated in ... read more

Attention medical community!

Feeding COVID-19 infected patients with oxygen has not been successful so far. It is like feeding fire with oxygen! The virus feels good in an oxygen-enriched environment and becomes more potent! Applying moderate hypoxia at an early stage of the infection will block the spread of the infection through the bloodstream. This can be done relatively easily ... read more

READING TIP: From Altitude Tent to the thin air of Mount Everest.

Wilco Dekker slept in a height tent of Altitude Dream for seven weeks. Until his departure to Kathmandu where he prepared to climb the world's highest mountain. Wilco shows that everyone with a healthy passion can make their dream come true through faith, trust and conviction. There are many factors that play a part in making the climb to the top successful. ... read more

Riders looking for alternatives by Coronavirus, Jens Keukeleire shows his solution: “A height training? You can do that in Bruges too ”

The coronavirus also affects the peloton. For Jens Keukeleire (31) for example. He was selected for the triptych in Italy. What to do now? Keukeleire: "In consultation with the team I decided to stay home and sleep in a high altitude tent." Teams and riders have to adjust to this. The lack of racing days has to be compensated for by the momentum that comes with it. read more

TESTED: Altitude acclimatization for Pobeda

When we climbed Khan Tengri in 2017, we were very positive about our experience of pre-acclimatisation at home with an altitude tent from Altitude Dream. This allowed us to climb Khan Tengri in one go, without having to pass the icefall several times - the section with the most objective hazards of the route. How was our experience with the altitude tents this year? I noticed some differences ... read more

Advantages of a pre-acclimatization program.

Whether it is a mountaineering expedition or just a relaxing skiing holiday, every year many people ascend to great heights. We spend a lot of time and money planning the perfect trip. Nobody wants to ruin that trip with altitude sickness. That's why many people turn to Altitude Dream for the benefits of our pre-acclimatisation programme. Mountaineers have to spend weeks in basecamp ... read more

Kilian Jornet & Emelie Forsberg test our 'Fast Acclimatize' method

Two of the world's best mountain athletes of this generation, Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg, quickly attempted to climb Cho Oyu in the Himalayas. Cho Oyu with its 26.906 '(8.188m) summit is the sixth highest mountain in the world and a favorite of many seasoned alpinists. Although they have incredible natural talent, Kilian and Emelie live at sea level in Norway and don't have the ... read more

How much noise does a height generator make?

A height generator always makes noise. Nevertheless, the differences in sound level between manufacturers are particularly large. The Altitude Dream Everest Summit 2 elevation generator is designed and manufactured in the US to strict medical specifications. This height generator is the only one with no less than 6 ATF cells and is therefore the quietest height generator on the market. The noise level of our ... read more

The altitude sickness assessment form: Do I have to go back or will I continue?

Many people who climb to thin air for the first time have no experience of how their bodies adapt to the situation. Some people know from experience that they are sensitive to altitude sickness. In both cases it may be wise to keep a close track of any reactions that occur, so that it can be determined early whether acute altitude sickness or cerebral edema is present ... read more

Sleeping in a height tent. 3 myths disproved.

Sleeping in a height tent, or 'Live High, Train Low' is the most accepted and widely used technique used in height training. First introduced by Benjamin Levine and James Stray-Gundersen in 1997, this technique involves long-term exposure to hypoxia (deoxygenated air) at night with physical training sessions conducted at sea level during the day. It ... read more

Acclimatize at home to the altitude

During the months of June and July, some strange humming noises come from my apartment at night. The electricity bill is also on the high side. Now you might think I have an illegal drug lab at home and grow marijuana, but no, I don't. I am at home pre-acclimatizing in preparation for our expedition to Pik Korzhenevskaya and Pik Communisma, ... read more

Dieter Coppens slept in a height tent for 'Copy beast'

In the second season of Copy Beast, Dieter Coppens takes on seven inspiring challenges together with seven new, fascinating animals: the owl, the snake, the alpaca, the electric eel, the goose, the pig and the mosquito. Man and animal are joining forces to bring these challenges to a successful conclusion. Dieter has to rely on the special abilities of the animals to do this... read more

Acclimatize at home to the altitude

I live in Rotterdam below sea level. The highest 'mountain' in the neighbourhood is the 37m-high Vlaggeduin. The nearest mountains are 10 hours' drive from Rotterdam. The Netherlands is the perfect country to live in as an alpinist... Not. Fortunately, it is now possible to acclimatise to altitude at home. Besides the fact that specific training in the mountains would be the best preparation for our ... read more

What are the seven summits?

The Seven Summits are the highest mountains on each continent. This challenge was first completed by mountaineer Richard Bass. Based on the performance of Bass and Reinhold Messner, who completed the challenge in fifth place, this list of seven summits was compiled. Australian continent: Mount Kosciuszko At 2228 metres, Mount Kosciuszko is the highest mountain peak in ... read more

Els (37) climbs a volcano for charity

Ertveldse takes on tough challenge for the benefit of Ecuadorian quinoa growers EVERGEM / ERTVELDE - Els Verween (37) is one of the three participants in the second edition of the Trias Trail. This tough mountain trek is organised by the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Trias. The three hikers will hand over the proceeds of at least 12,000 euros to a cooperative of Ecuadorian ... read more

When to use Acetazolamide against altitude sickness?

Acetazolamide such as diamox ® is a medication that can be used for altitude sickness when you do not have the opportunity to sleep in an altitude tent beforehand and in one of the situations listed below: Situations when Acetazolamide can be used If you have had altitude sickness in the past, despite having followed all the advice. If you have a history of ... read more

The disadvantage of training at height

The disadvantage of training at heights is that the oxygen pressure is lower at heights. This means that the air contains less oxygen per volume. You have to put more effort into transporting a given amount of oxygen to your muscles. At distances longer than 400 meters, where the oxygen supply plays an important role, this presents a disadvantage. ... read more

Mount Everest ends in a drama by the earthquake

After years of physical, mental and practical preparation, and six weeks of sleeping in an Altitude Dream tent to prevent altitude sickness, the time has finally come. In April - May 2015 I will make my fourth attempt to climb Mount Everest. Unfortunately, the expedition ends in tragedy due to the earthquake in Nepal. Below is my eyewitness report; 25 April, Mount Everest Basecamp. 11.45 ... read more

Altitude training for the roof of the world

PPPffffffffff. PPPffffffff, PPPfffffffff. The oxygen slowly flows into my height tent. As if the sea was washing into my tent. I spend around 10 to 12 hours a day in it. It's going to make it easier for me to get used to the extreme altitude on Mount Everest. The highest mountain on earth at 8850 meters. In April - May 2015 I will make an attempt to climb it. ... read more

My Kilimanjaro preparation: Mieke Thomas

When the height tent was built up in my bedroom at home, I sent some laughable messages to family and friends. Somewhat skeptical to sleep in such a tent. I often have to go to the toilet several times at night and I do this half sleepwalking. The next 4 weeks I really have to wake up. Open zippers, wriggle myself out, close zippers again, to the toilet, zipper ... read more

eBook about altitude sickness with useful tips

How to stay healthy is a medical source of information for people who want to spend their holidays at altitudes above 2500 meters. This group mainly includes hikers and hikers, but also snowboarders, mountain bikers and skiers. This eBook mainly deals with the problems of the common and often underestimated altitude sickness: how can this disease be prevented, and what to ... read more

Where can I find more information about altitude sickness?

Trekking to and in high-altitude areas has a lot to offer. Beautiful tours, panoramic views, the thrill of reaching the top of a four or five thousand and memories that reverberate for a long time. The thin air also carries a risk: if you are unlucky, you can get altitude sickness. Don't be alarmed: take the necessary precautions, for example by ... read more

The Kili challenge for Warchild

Warchild's newest promotion is called 'Kili-Challenge'. This action not only appeals to the imagination but is also for the benefit of a very good cause. Because millions of children grow up in war. War that has a devastating influence on their development. Violence, abuse, neglect and loss make them feel sad. Anxious. Aggressive. They cannot be normal child ... read more

Is my Kilimanjaro climbing schedule OK?

Question From 8 to 20 June, I will travel to Kenya/Tanzania with a group to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. The plan is as follows: In six days we will climb an average of 1000m/day. The advice to avoid altitude sickness is max 300m/day. Does it mean that this is a life-threatening undertaking? Or does it make a difference that the extra rest day is on day 3? read more

What to do in case of acute altitude sickness?

We now assume that you are among the climbers who are either very susceptible to altitude sickness or who have not been disturbed by the advice, because you have had altitude sickness. It is also possible that you have it even more seriously and that your symptoms suit too much fluid in the lungs or fluid in the brain. What to do now? That of course depends on the severity of your symptoms. ... read more

The risk of getting altitude sickness

Many people think that altitude sickness only occurs at very high altitudes in distant countries. That is a mistake. Even in the Alps, the disease is already regularly seen at relatively low altitudes. It should be noted here that altitude sickness does not occur with 'round trips', that is, when it descends to the starting level again within eight hours of reaching the highest point. ... read more

Altitude Dream on top of the Kilimanjaro

On October 13, 2013 we were at the top of Kilimanjaro. The highest point in Africa and the highest freestanding mountain on Earth. A magical moment to remember and an absolute must for anyone who wants to experience something very special. Our preparation in the height tent turned out not to be an unnecessary luxury. About half of our group did not make it to the top ... read more

Kilimanjaro Expedition: We are also taking on the challenge.

The idea came from our customers. People who want to climb Kilimanjaro are increasingly acclimatizing at home in a height tent. The figures prove that this is not a bad idea: Kilimanjaro is very popular as you don't need any climbing experience to reach the top. You can easily hike the entire route to the top. The only danger is altitude sickness. Altitude sickness determines whether or not you ... read more

Altitude sickness

When I was young, I was able to drive with Marc and Wilfried to Arolla on a Friday evening, climb the next morning to the Cabane des Vignettes (3158m) and drink a quiet beer there while Wilfried involuntarily emptied his stomach in the strong upwind of the (then) very airy outside toilet. The next day we did the Pigne d'Arolla (3796m) without altitude problems. ... read more

Belgian Gasherbrum expedition

The wind screeches around the tent and makes the poles bend inward dangerously. The calm of the morning has turned into a hellish noise. The draft holes are open to prevent the wind from lifting the small shelter and throwing it off the mountain. I doze off for a while, breathing heavily through the height without realizing time. A mix of resignation, hope and fear creep through my limbs. Slowly ... read more

Mont Blanc expedition: Acclimatize at home informed?

Mont Blanc (4810.90 metres) is the highest peak in the Alps. It is situated on the border between France and Italy. It is the dream of many to once admire the view from the top of this peak. A moment never to be forgotten. But not everyone reaches the top. Proper preparation is extremely important. Make sure you are well informed by a recognised mountain guide agency. In addition to the right ... read more

Successful Kilimanjaro expedition without altitude sickness

Nico Verdoes had prepared for the Kilimanjaro expedition for 4 weeks in the height tent. The aim was to climb the largest mountain in Africa in just 5 days. The fastest route, therefore, with the greatest risk of altitude sickness. Thanks to good preparation and altitude acclimatization, everything went really well and we received the following response from Nico. Something of course always ... read more

8 tips against altitude sickness

What exactly is Altitude Mountain Sickness? Altitude sickness is a collective term for acute altitude sickness (AMS), cerebral oedema and pulmonary oedema caused by high altitude. Acute altitude sickness can be caused by insufficient adaptation to the low oxygen pressure, which is present at high altitude, and this by reaching that altitude too quickly. The percentage of people who get altitude sickness ... read more

10 tips when sleeping in a height tent

In this article we give you 10 valuable tips to optimise your altitude training with the altitude generator. Simulating altitude with an altitude generator seems simple but in practice it is a clever piece of technology that you want to make the most of. The following clever tips will help your body get the most out of your time in the altitude tent. 1. Drink the ... read more