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Researchers Work To Understand And Prevent High Altitude Sickness

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A large group of hikers on the trail from Square Top Lakes to Guanella Pass.

Altitude sickness is an old menace of mountaineers. It can also plague really anyone who visits the higher elevations of Colorado. Headaches, nausea and dizziness can cut a hiking trip short, and ignored or untreated, it can even be fatal. Dr. Andrew Luks is part of a team that researches and maintains the Wilderness Medical Society’s Practice Guidelines on altitude sickness. They recently updated their findings.