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How I Helped Your Altitude Sickness

By March 22, 2012

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Back in the summer of 2010, I signed up for a medical trial that involved testing an over-the-counter drug against altitude sickness. We would be given a high-altitude experience for at least 24 hours in the White Mountains of eastern California, where the bristlecones grow. How could I resist? We would get to spend the night at the Barcroft Station high-altitude lab almost 4 kilometers up (12,500 feet). I'm talking more about it in my Twitter and Google+ accounts, which you'll find in my bio, as well as the About.com Geology Facebook page. In brief, we showed that ibuprofen is a good preventative against acute mountain sickness. Maybe you saw the news about that.

The nice thing for me is that I tacked on a couple extra days and gave myself a field trip. Since then I've used some of the resulting photos here: the Blue Max Mine monument, a blog post about Owens Dry Lake, an epidote specimen, my personal piece of Bishop Tuff, a stereoimage of a tor in the Benton Range, a porphyritic andesite in the Inyo Range, my portrait photo in the Forum, . . . and you know, I should get some more of them up here soon.

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