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Tom Howard
(TomHoward) - F - M

Locale: SF Bay Area
Loss of appetite on 07/24/2011 21:38:03 MDT Print View

Hi all
This is my first time posting, long time staulker.
Last week my son and I hike into the Lyell Canyon had a great time and ended up day hiking up to Donahue pass.
My problem was I lost my appetie on the second day. Nothing sounded good. I was able to drink water and some flavored drinks
but no solid foods. We carried an assortment of MH foods and some home made freezer bag foods plus cliff bars and oatmeal.
Any suggestion would be appreciated.
Thanks Tom

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
Re: Loss of appetite on 07/24/2011 21:53:11 MDT Print View

You went from sea level up to 11,600 feet in a very short time. Loss of appetite is a typical symptom of altitude sickness. You're lucky that this was your only problem!

http://www.princeton.edu/~oa/safety/altitude.html

Edited by hikinggranny on 07/24/2011 21:55:27 MDT.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Loss of appetite on 07/24/2011 21:55:49 MDT Print View

If you are hiking hard for a long time, most of your circulatory system is supplying your large muscles, and there is little left over for digestion. As a result, you may eat a snack, and the lump will just sit there in your stomach. With that happening, your appetite won't be much.

This may not be a solution for everybody, but it works for me. I can go a long way on Gatorade. Also, I carry something really small and simple, like jelly beans. That will get me through the hard work until I can take a break. Then a small but substantial snack will be good.

--B.G.--

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Loss of appetite on 07/24/2011 22:34:06 MDT Print View

"You went from sea level up to 11,600 feet in a very short time."

How did you assume that this was in a very short time?

--B.G.--

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Re: Re: Loss of appetite on 07/25/2011 09:50:17 MDT Print View

He said on the 2nd day...so that would be a short time most likely.

Totally, totally normal to lose your appetite at altitude!! This is why I pack thin brothy soups if it is going to be hot and with climbs. I can sit and drink a small cup of soup, get back needed nutrients and that helps. Whatever you do though...heavy meat and cheese is really hard on the stomach - it can easily lead to barfing it up.