March 1, 2013
A Tour of Altitude and Its Effects on the Human Body
1,900 ft (580 m) –Lowest reported altitude-induced v02 max reduction of 7%
5,250 ft (1600 m) - Altitude at which v02 max decreases by 8-11% in un-acclimatized athletes.
5,506 ft (1690 m) - Altitude of Beech Mountain, NC, the most popular LHTH altitude training destination in the Eastern U.S.
6,890-8,200 ft (2100-2500 m) - Optimal altitude range for LHTH and LHTL altitude training.
8,000 ft (2440 m) - Measurable cognitive impairment begins to occur at this altitude.
8,000-9,000 ft (2440-2745 m) - 1 out of 5 people experience AMS symptoms at this altitude
10,000 ft (3050 m) - Cases of high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) begin to occur. Entering the realm of increased risk of HAPE.
10,500 ft (3200 m) - Reports of high altitude cerebral edema (HACE) begin at this altitude.
13,120 ft (4000 m) - This is the proposed optimal altitude for breaking a world record in a 1 hour distance record for cyclists.
16,400 ft (5000 m) - Suggested minimum altitude for successful intermittent hypoxic exposure (IHE).
19,000-20,000ft (5795-6100 m) - Point at which physiological deterioration begins to exceed acclimatization.
Take a deep breath as you now have returned to sea-level in your mind. Ahhhhhhhh
Feel Free to Suggest Any Additions and We Will Add them to the Tour List!