Adventure travel involves personal risk. There’s risk of injury, fatigue, exposure and disease. But at altitude, things change. Not only do we become more susceptible to these risks, but we expose ourselves to an additional risk: Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
AMS is quite literally debilitating. In addition to the typical effects of altitude (shortness of breath, sore muscles and suppressed appetite), sufferers experience splitting headaches, rib-fracturing coughs, and nauseas delirium. While those symptoms sound awful, there’s something even worse about AMS. Continue reading →