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Celticclimber
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PostSun Jul 16, 2017 4:41 pm 
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Went to climb Adams with Bradley. Climbed it 3X's before.Even skied
off the top once.
But this time things were different.
We were making good time at 1000ft/hour. Then at 10,300ft I just had to call it.
It wasn't like St Helens 2 years ago when I got hit with sudden onset
pulmonary edema .
I just didn't have the reserve strength to go on much further.
So we bailed.
When I look at all the parameters (aerobics, conditioning, strength)
the only thing left is altitude. It looks like my body can no longer deal with it.....And
I REALLY  DON'T LIKE IT: ONE BIT !

I'm going to talk to some exercise physiologist and see if there is
something I can do.
Or will I just have to quit the high elevation stuff?

I am 65. I get that. But just 4 days before Adams I pushed it up to Lake Serene
(4 miles and 2k ft of gain in the last 2 miles) in 79 minutes. So I
know my aerobics aren't the issue.
This just sucks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I knew, when I started climbing some 36+ years ago that this day would come.
But I'm not ready for it to be now.

Any of you out there experienced something like this?
Words of wisdom?


Live every day like you will die to-marrow. For some day that will be true.
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PostSun Jul 16, 2017 6:58 pm 
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I had a similar problem when I hit 63 years old. Turned out it was medications that I had been taking for years without a problem.
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PostSun Jul 16, 2017 7:10 pm 
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Ponder on all those who are 65 and could not make it to Lake Serene period.  Be grateful that you are not among their number.  Work on doing a mental reset so you can take pleasure in smaller views.

Said the 66 yr old.
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PostSun Jul 16, 2017 7:11 pm 
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I have a few years on you and have faced (and am facing) several issues that cause my outdoor activities to take a hit. I don't see this as that big of a problem. Just adjust to what you can do and keep on doing it. When/if things improve crank it up a notch. And be ready to ratchet it back down if needed. It's that simple. The most important thing is to face it with a good attitude.
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PostSun Jul 16, 2017 7:20 pm 
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Speaking from almost 65....
You need to learn to work within new found limitations, or else you will end up as a short SAR news feature about another guy in their 60's getting in over their head and "at least he died doing what he loved".  That seems to be an all too common story.

I personally would rather take it down a few notches and "live doing what he loved" for a few more years before going out with a bang on a mountain somewhere.

But to each his own.....

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PostSun Jul 16, 2017 8:05 pm 
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Well, you can dial down the altitude a notch and be happy with charging 8,000'

Or, dial down the velocity and be happy with doing 10,000' not as fast

Either way it's a good deal. Heck of a lot of folks out there that can't do either at 65.

Many happy trails still to come.
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PostSun Jul 16, 2017 8:14 pm 
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Lady Nancy Astor is credited with saying:   "I used to dread getting older because I thought I would not be able to do all the things I wanted to do, but now that I am older I find that I don't want to do them."

As these old bones get older, I find I can look upon the peaks I used to climb with happy memories rather than with longing.  I can still hike 2 mph on a good day, if there isn't much elevation gain!
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PostMon Jul 17, 2017 4:03 am 
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Could be just a bad day.  Give it another shot.
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Robert Heinlein said, "when the fox gnaws.............smile!" cool.gif

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PostMon Jul 17, 2017 5:35 am 
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I began to adjust to aging by taking 3 (or 4 or 5) days for what I used to do in 2.  Injuries and illness have taken more away. Now I'm just trying to keep fit on walks and easy hikes.
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PostMon Jul 17, 2017 6:27 am 
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We have gotten into thru hiking at a moderate pace and lightweight gear.

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PostMon Jul 17, 2017 7:04 am 
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Seriously CelticClimber!? C'mon brother. I understand you're a peakbagger but hell, there is so, so much to explore here in Washington let alone the entire Great Northwest.

Yea, I'd sympathize with you if we were in the Midwest with just handful of bumps to explore

So to you I say... crybaby.gif

wink.gif  wink.gif  wink.gif

I can only hope I'm still doing what you are in another 15 years

up.gif  up.gif  up.gif

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PostMon Jul 17, 2017 8:26 am 
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AMS, Heat Exhaustion, Glacier Lassitude...all could be a factor, all are tricky and unpredictable to an extent, and some days things just conspire against you.
You could have been fighting some low level infection and not even known it except for the fatigue issue.
Don't give up because of what happens on just one trip!

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PostMon Jul 17, 2017 10:34 am 
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Go do some more Munro's smile.gif
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PostMon Jul 17, 2017 11:39 am 
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Celticclimber wrote:
Words of wisdom?

Do not stop trying.  Do.

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