One of the three times I went back to Colorado last year was to hang out with the old clan from college, specifically roommates and associated friends from that era. Ben planned it all and we had awesome time hiking, playing paintball, putt-putt golf, have some drinks, and watching movies — basically, just like old times but not.
For whatever reason, we did hiked the 14er on our first day of activities. I’m not in the greatest shape, but I’m couch potato either, so I was prepared to tackle the mountain. What I didn’t take into account was the 14,000 foot elevation gain I was making in just about 12 hours. I started in Seattle (177 feet ASL1) on Thursday night and summited Quandary Peak (14,265 feet ASL) at 10am the next day. It took a bit for the symptoms to set in, but I had a migraine, felt very nauseous, and not really like my self — perhaps even slightly confused. Fortunately, it wore off pretty quick — within a couple of hours — after descending back below 6,000 feet.
Above Sea Level ↩