Prevent altitude sickness

Why do I sleep so restlessly in the mountains?

Climbers often notice that they do not sleep well and feel rested when in the mountains. What is often experienced is waking up several times. This results in broken nights. Fortunately, there is nothing serious going on. The cause, again, lies with the reduced oxygen tension. It causes the phenomenon of 'periodic breathing'. This means that a person does not breathe as usual, but in this case stops breathing for a while and then compensates for this pause by breathing faster. read more

Does being in good shape help against altitude sickness?

The level of fitness a person needs depends on the physical demands of the trip: the duration of the trip 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 a clear picture of all this so that training can be targeted and the chances of successfully completing the climb increase. 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 an average of 4-12 hours for altitude sickness to develop after an ascent, when passing a high pass in between, there is no additional risk of altitude sickness. Many people can climb up to 500 m sleep height difference per day without any problems. However, an average of 65% of climbers to 4000 m in altitude briefly experience symptoms associated with altitude sickness. 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 take up more space. This increases the pressure, compromises the blood supply and the brain gets less and less nutrients and oxygen. The result is damage to the brain, which can eventually be life-threatening. read more

What is pulmonary oedema?

Altitude pulmonary oedema is another disease 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 exchanged for the waste gas carbon dioxide. 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 When making the diagnosis, AMS can be subdivided into mild, moderate and severe AMS, based on the Lake-Louise questionnaire. The latter two are treated in the same way and are therefore grouped together for convenience. ... 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. So there are fewer oxygen molecules in the same volume of air than at a lower altitude. The annoying thing is that the climber needs a lot of this to get up the mountain. However, the body can cleverly deal with the reduced oxygen tension by adapting in various ways to still be able to take in enough of this gas. However, these adaptations are not always sufficient or efficient enough, which can cause altitude sickness. The main cause of altitude sickness is therefore the reduced partial pressure of oxygen in the air. Nothing can be done about the changing environment. However, as mentioned earlier, the body can miraculously adapt to these changes. 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 European middle-distance championships. He narrowly missed the Olympic Games.... 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 relatively easily controlled by exposing patients to 10 to 12% O2 and achieving an oxygen saturation between 75% and 80%, alternating with short recovery periods in the ambient air. This so-called intermittent hypoxic training has been used by Altitude Dream for many years, particularly for the acclimatisation of mountain athletes. Researchers are recommended to seriously consider this application. read more

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

For seven weeks, Wilco Dekker slept in an Altitude Dream high altitude tent. Until his departure for Kathmandu where he prepared to climb the world's highest mountain. Wilco shows that anyone with a healthy passion can make their dream come true through faith, trust and conviction. There are many factors that play a role in making the climb to the top successful. Dekker explains that one of the key factors is to identify as many risks as possible at an early stage and to do everything possible to eliminate them so that there are no surprises on the mountain. The Altitude Dream high altitude tent was a component that helped to achieve this. Want to know more? Dekker has written down his experiences in his new book 'Mount Everest, on the way to heaven'. In it he describes his route to the top of the world and explains how the seemingly impossible can become possible after all. 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. After all, the lack of race days has to be compensated for by the momentum that is there again. Jens Keukeleire has made his decision. He will stay in Bruges. 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 between this year and 2017. My sleeping schedule was the same, but because of my busy schedule I had less time to do the passive and active acclimatisation with the mask. Passive acclimatisation means just sitting down and using the mask on the highest setting (6,400 m) - 5 minutes on, 5 minutes off for an hour or more. Active means using the mask when exercising on an exercise bike, which is very intense. The other difference was the time between pre-acclimatisation and arrival at base camp. In 2017, we were in base camp within a few days after our last night in ... 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 must acclimatise for weeks at base camp to get used to the harsh hypoxic conditions. Even with this time investment, and regardless of one's physical condition, the risk of acute altitude sickness (AMS) is always present. A person's reaction to high altitude is strongly genetically determined. Some people are more susceptible to altitude sickness than others. However, studies show that 80% of people who ascend to altitudes of +4000m or higher suffer to some extent from the debilitating symptoms of AMS (headaches, nausea, insomnia). This risk cannot be eliminated completely, but ... 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, attempted to climb Cho Oyu in the Himalayas in a hurry. Cho Oyu with its peak of 26,906 '(8,188m) is the sixth highest mountain in the world and a favourite of many seasoned mountaineers. Although they have an incredible natural talent, Kilian and Emelie live at sea level in Norway and do not have the exposure to altitude needed to acclimatise for Himalayan expeditions. Besides climbing, Kilian and Emelie are world-class trail runners and ski mountaineers who regularly travel and race around the world. For this reason, they do not have much time to spend on high-altitude mountain expeditions. The pair set out to investigate and find out if it was possible to climb Cho Oyu in a fortnight. They discovered how acclimatisation is necessary and how it can affect the body. In the short film about their journey to achieve this, you can see how they met our Kilian Jornet & ... read more

How much noise does a height generator make?

A high altitude generator always makes noise. However, the differences in noise level between manufacturers are very large. The Everest Summit 2 altitude generator by Altitude Dream is designed and produced in the US according to strict medical specifications. This high altitude generator is the only one that has no less than 6 ATF cells and is therefore the quietest high altitude generator on the market. The noise level of our high altitude generator is in fact only 58 decibels. What does 58 decibels mean? Decibels are rather difficult to interpret. Because how much noise is 58 decibels? Most companies use situations to compare decibels with. For example, fireworks make a sound of 140 decibels, the music in a disco is on average 105 decibels and the wind in the trees creates 20 decibels of sound. In this comparison, Altitude Dream's altitude generator is close to the sound level of a dishwasher. Does this affect my sleep? Absolutely not. Every Altitude Dream high altitude generator ... read more

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

Many people who climb into thin air for the first time have no experience of how their body adapts to the situation. Some people know from experience that they are susceptible to altitude sickness. In both cases it can be wise to monitor any reactions that occur, so that an early diagnosis can be made of whether acute altitude sickness or cerebral oedema is developing. At the bottom of this article you will find a questionnaire and an (AMS) scoring form that can be used to record and monitor the symptoms of altitude sickness that are important when climbing. This should preferably be done by travel companions. Moreover, there is an important warning: the (variation in the) number of points does give an indication, but can never be considered as 'proof' of whether or not you have acute altitude sickness or cerebral oedema. The most important thing is always: if in doubt, assume altitude sickness! The form makes it possible to check the following ... read more

Sleeping in a height tent. 3 myths disproved.

Sleeping in an altitude tent, or 'Live High, Train Low' is the most widely accepted and used technique in altitude training. First introduced by Benjamin Levine and James Stray-Gundersen in 1997, this technique involves prolonged exposure to hypoxia (low oxygen air) at night with physical training sessions conducted at sea level during the day. As a result, athletes are able to improve their blood levels haematologically, which is inherent to altitude training, while also performing intensive training sessions during the same period, which improves musculoskeletal adaptations leading to improved speed. In simple terms, therefore, athletes can improve both speed and endurance at the same time. This method avoids problems associated with permanent residence at altitudes such as limited training load in oxygen-deficient air, muscle loss, immune system suppression, etc. read more

Climbing the K2. The diary of Paul Hegge, first Belgian on top.

Saturday June 15 Arrival in Istanbul The weather will be the most crucial factor for potential success on K2. Judging by the departure, we are assured of exciting times on K2. Pilot only just managed to land the plane in Istanbul due to storm. Much later than planned and so I missed the connecting flight to Islamaba. Sunday June 16 Unwanted rest day in Istanbul & night flight to Islamabad Turkish Airlines was so generous to offer, besides hotel and food, also a tourist visit to Istanbul, but that was literally ruined. It had been 30 years since I really visited Istanbul, but the city hadn't become any more beautiful with E's cult of persons. Monday June 17 Arrival at 4 am at the super new Islamabad airport where I am waited upon. The ride to the hotel brings me completely in the mood. Although the most modern highway of ... read more

Acclimatize at home to the altitude

During the months of June and July, there are some strange humming noises coming from my flat at night. The electricity bill is also a bit high. Now you might think that I have an illegal drugs lab at home and am growing marijuana, but no, that is not the case. I am pre-acclimatising at home in preparation for our expedition to Pik Korzhenevskaya and Pik Communisma, both mountains above 7,000 metres. But how does that work? sponsors two hypoxic tents that we can install above our beds (two different types). The tents come with a kind of generator (which makes that humming sound) that filters the oxygen out of the air and blows it into the altitude tent. This way you can simulate up to an altitude of 6,400m, although we never sleep higher than 4,000m in our tents (Gijs tried that once, but it was not his best idea). We have slept in these tents for a total of 4 weeks, adjusting the altitude each night. 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. To do this, Dieter has to rely on the special qualities of the animals. Among other things, Dieter becomes the father of several newborn geese so that he can fly with them, tries to get hold of someone's DNA unnoticed together with a mosquito, and wants to light up Antwerp's Christmas tree with the electricity of an electric eel. Will Dieter succeed in all his tasks? The bond between Dieter and his animals is stronger than ever, resulting in powerful, emotional and inspiring stories about animals and people. Alpaca Alpacas may not look very smart, but thanks to their unique immune system they contribute to research into dangerous blood diseases. ... 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 expedition, it is necessary that we are already acclimatised before we arrive. We will fly by helicopter to the base camp at 4000m altitude. It also helps to minimise the time we have to spend on the mountain with additional hazards and it reduces the chance of altitude sickness. Since we have no mountains nearby to acclimatise to, this year we are experimenting with 'hypoxic pre-conditioning'. This means training and sleeping in a high altitude tent with reduced oxygen levels to acclimatise our bodies to the oxygen deficiency on Khan Tengri and Pobeda. 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 peak in Australia. This mountain is not only the lowest on the list of the Seven Summits, but by far the easiest to climb. Reaching the summit is more like a walk than the real expedition that other climbs demand. Antarctica: Vinson Massif The highest peak of this Antarctic massif is Mount Vinson, at 4892 metres. In January 1958, a pilot of the US Air Force was the first to see the mountain, which was named after Congressman Carl Vinson, who lobbied for the exploration of Antarctica. In 1966, an expedition from the American ... 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 hand over the proceeds, of at least 12,000 euros, to a cooperative of Ecuadorian quinoa growers. Trias supports over four million farmers in fifteen African, Asian and Latin American countries. The Trias Trial is a source of income for the NGO. Excluding EUR 6,000 for travel costs, the participants must raise EUR 4,000. "In a Unizo magazine I read an announcement of the second Trias Trial. It is an initiative by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. As a mountaineering enthusiast, I was immediately interested," says Els, who runs the Fixsus automated building management company with her husband Koen Verschuere. "Mountains exercise on me ... 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 lung or heart problem, and only in consultation with your doctor. If you have a direct flight to an altitude above 3000 metres. If, due to circumstances, you climb more than 500 metres during your expedition. Altitude sickness: where does it often occur? Places with an airport at high altitude: Tibet: Lhasa (3749 m) Bolivia: La Paz (3444 m) Peru: Cusco (3000 m) Ecuador: Quito (2850 m) If you have a direct flight to Lhasa or La Paz, the chance of getting altitude sickness is about 50%. Other popular destinations at ... read more

For whom is altitude training interesting?

Altitude training is based on a technique that has been used since the 1980s to get athletes, pilots, cosmonauts and climbers to get used to altitude. It is, in fact, a simulation of the positive effects of adapting the body to the decreasing oxygen content in the air at higher altitudes. Who does not remember the time you take a mountain path in the Swiss Alps "just as quickly" and to your great surprise you are out of breath? The air above 1500 meters is rarer and thinner. This is ideal for building aerobic endurance. ... 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. Lying in my tent it looks like someone is shaking my tent, a joke of teammate Ritchie I think. Not much later the shaking of the tent turns into shaking of the ground. Harder and harder. I realise, earthquake! When I unzip my tent I see gigantic avalanches coming down from three sides. Behind me from the Lingtren, from the Icefall and from Pumori. The avalanche from the Icefall-Nuptse is gigantic. Not much later I realise that the cloud is going to hit basecamp. I run the 20 metres to the knife tent, halfway the avalanche cloud hits me. I am totally lost... read more

The history of Mount Everest

Tomorrow, Eric Arnold will fly to Kathmandu for his fourth attempt at the summit of Mount Everest. For weeks, Eric slept in our high altitude tent to prepare himself for the extremely thin air of the highest mountain on our planet and now he can finally start the adventure. A good moment to look back at the history of the mountain of mountains, we thought. Important role in the history of altitude sickness Mount Everest, with its 8848 metres the highest mountain in the world, has played an important role in the history of altitude sickness. Not only because it is the highest point on earth, but also because, quite coincidentally, the summit of this mountain is at the limit of what the human organism can tolerate for a short time without dying from lack of oxygen. Until the beginning of the last century, only isolated and sometimes anecdotal records of attempts to climb this giant were known. The first major expeditions to ... 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 high altitude tent was set up in my bedroom at home, I sent some laughter to my family and friends. I was somewhat sceptical about sleeping in such a tent. I often have to go to the toilet several times at night and do so half sleepwalking. For the next 4 weeks, I really have to wake up. Opening the zips, wriggling myself out, closing the zips again, going to the toilet, opening the zips again, wriggling myself in and closing the zips again. But actually it went like that. Would this tent help me reach the summit of Kilimanjaro? The first week in the high altitude tent, I did not feel that anything was happening... but who knows, maybe my body, and especially my red blood cells, were working hard. And indeed in the second week I noticed that I woke up more often at night. And I had less appetite. I also suffered from this during treks in Nepal and during my previous climb of Kilimanjaro. Would this tent help me reach the top of Kilimanjaro? Would it ... 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 consists of hikers and hikers, but also snowboarders, mountain bikers and skiers. This eBook mainly addresses the problem of the common and often underestimated altitude sickness: how can this illness be prevented, and what to do if one does become altitude sickness anyway? ... 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-year-old and memories that echo for a long time. The thin air also entails a risk: you can get altitude sickness if you are unlucky. Don't be shy: take the necessary precautions, for example by acclimatizing at home and you will have a wonderful adventure. Below a number of websites and addresses with useful information about altitude sickness ... read more

The Kili challenge for Warchild

The latest action of Warchild is called 'Kili-Challenge'. This action not only appeals to the imagination, but also benefits a very good cause. Because millions of children grow up in war. War has a devastating impact on their development. Violence, abuse, neglect and loss make them sad. Anxious. Aggressive. They cannot be normal children. The Kili-Challenge challenges you, your colleagues and friends to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro together. And to raise money for war children. War is not child's play. Children who grow up in conflict areas face great challenges. They have to overcome their fears, cope with emotional experiences and regain confidence. This is how they can break the cycle of violence and build a peaceful future. They need help to do this. Help that War Child offers them, and which you (together with your colleagues or friends) can contribute. In a way that challenges you. A way that ... 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

Physical reactions to oxygen deficiency

As you climb, the environment is constantly changing. You can observe this in part, such as the changes in fauna and flora and the fall in air temperature. Other changes are apparently unnoticed. One is the gradually decreasing air pressure and the associated decrease in the oxygen pressure in the blood, which means that less oxygen can bind to the hemaglobin. ... read more

Altitude Dream on top of the Kilimanjaro

On October 13, 2013 we were at the top of the Kilimanjaro. The highest point in Africa and the highest free-standing 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 to be no superfluous luxury. About half of our group did not reach the top due to altitude sickness. ... read more

Kilimanjaro Expedition: We are also taking on the challenge.

The idea came from our customers. Increasingly, people who want to climb Kilimanjaro acclimatize at home in a height tent. The figures prove that this is not a bad idea: The Kilimanjaro is very popular since you don't need a climbing experience to reach the top. You can easily walk the entire route to the top. The only danger is altitude sickness. Altitude sickness determines whether or not you will reach the top. ... 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 howls around the tent and makes the sticks bend dangerously inside. Morning rest has turned into a hell of a noise. The draft holes are open to prevent the wind from lifting the small shelter and throwing it from the mountain. I doze in for a moment, breathing heavily through the altitude without realizing time. A mix of resignation, hope and fear creep through my limbs. Slowly I open my eyes and lie…. In our bedroom !? ... read more

Mont Blanc expedition: Acclimatize at home informed?

Mont Blanc (4810.90 metres) is the highest peak in the Alps. It is located 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. Besides having the right information and good equipment, fitness is also very important. Someone who is in poor condition has little chance of success. Finally, there is the altitude sickness monster, every mountaineer's nightmare. read more

Successful Kilimanjaro expedition without altitude sickness

Nico Verdoes had prepared himself for 4 weeks in the height tent for his Kilimanjaro expedition. The intention was to climb the climb of Africa's largest mountain in just 5 days. The fastest route, with the greatest chance of altitude sickness. Thanks to good preparation and height acclimatization everything went really well and we got the following response from Nico. Something that is of course always great to read! ... 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 < 2000m: < 5% 2500m: 10% 3000m: 15% 3500m: 35% 4500m: 50% These figures are impressive. In practice, this means that more than half do not reach the top of Kilimanjaro because of altitude sickness. The susceptibility to altitude sickness is very individual and differs from person to person. Elements that increase the risk of altitude sickness: insufficient drinking, too much effort immediately after reaching high altitude, hypothermia (bad clothing). Other risk factors are smoking and alcohol consumption. People with heart and lung diseases are also more likely to have ... 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 more water than normal At altitude your body dehydrates more quickly, so it is advisable to drink about 0.5 litres of extra water. 2. Make sure you have enough hours in the altitude tent Your body will acclimatise to the altitude without you noticing it when you sleep in the altitude tent. This can be seen from your increased heart rate and decreased saturation. To compensate for this and to stay fit, we recommend that you get an extra hour's sleep on average per night. 3. Take extra iron supplements Because of the altitude, your body will produce more red blood cells, so your iron supply will be depleted faster. For the ... read more