Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/09/19

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Subject: [Leica] Nepal ,altitude
From: kididdoc at (Steve Barbour)
Date: Sun Sep 19 10:56:21 2004
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have a great trip Alastair, be well, bon 

Alastair Firkin wrote:
> thanks so much for the link: the LUG is always a great starting point 
> for any "adventure". This is one trip on which I have not found a Lugger 
> to visit. Now that Ian Stanley has left Kathmandu :-(
> I intend to use diamox only to address a problem and then move lower. We 
> are lucky to have a personal guide and porter, so we do not influence 
> anyone else if we decide to stay for extra days at lower levels to be 
> sure we are adapting. I'm hoping to do mostly b/w for the landscapes, 
> but will also do some colour work. Sounds like the polarizer sends the 
> sky almost black. Might be a good effect with b/w once or twice ;-)
> Thanks again
> On 19/09/2004, at 1:58 AM, CHARLES STIRK JR C wrote:
>> Most of my experience with altitude is in the Andes but
>> much the same. Between 3000 - 4000 meters  how different
>> people adjust vary greatly with little logic  to it . A
>> seemingly athletic healthy person will be bed ridden while
>> , moderately  healthy smoker will be just fine , I normally
>> am generally not effected bit trouble with restless sleep
>> and mild headache at close to 4000 meters that goes away
>> after first day but  I have been told I am a freak .
>>  Altitude really not that much of an issue at 3000 meters
>> as you get closer to 4000 meters bit more of an issue .
>> Over 4000 meters I like to compare it to scuba diving or
>> space travel you can do it  but takes lots of work if you
>> follow the guide lines mostly and are in good health all
>> will go well normally  , The more time you have to
>> acclimate the better .
>> Be very care full if you decide  to take  Diamox
>> (Acetazolamide) & or Dexamethasone , kinda like taking a
>> drug that lets you walk on a broken leg works for a while
>> but , really just masks the symptoms . Every single person
>> I have know to be hospitalized or die due to altitude
>> illnesses  has been in some way related to the masking of
>> symptoms by these drugs , be very careful .
>> Here is good cheat sheet
>> Camera stuff might recommend the 15mm often seems a good
>> fit at altitude & is small and lite , try not to over do
>> the polarizer , sky at altitude all ready tends twords the
>> deep blue  , over use can make fotos look like you traveled
>> to an alien world .
>> Chuck
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In reply to: Message from ccstirkjr at (CHARLES STIRK JR C) ([Leica] Nepal ,altitude)
Message from firkin at (Alastair Firkin) ([Leica] Nepal ,altitude)