Advice for first high altitude backpacking trip?
In 10 days I will be headed to Aspen, Colorado for a three day backpacking trip of the Maroon Bells Four Pass Loop. To say that I'm stoked would be quite the understatement.
I live in the Hudson Valley Region of New York, and I have never been hiking out West before. Most of my hikes/runs take place at anywhere from sea level to 5,000' elevation, with the highest I've ever been being Clingman's Dome in the Smokies at over 6,600'.
I'm slightly nervous about catching altitude sickness up at these elevations. We have three full days to complete the 25 mile loop, so we will be taking it nice and slow as to not to push ourselves too hard. Any tips/recommendations to prevent altitude sickness at these elevations? (FYI the trail reaches heights of over 12,000' four times).