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2023 National Specialty
Traveling at Altitude
Situated at the foot of Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park is about half a mile higher than
Denver and 1,000-ft higher than Colorado Springs. In Colorado’s rarified air, golf balls go ten
percent farther... and so do cocktails. Alcoholic drinks pack more of a wallop than at sea level.
The sun feels warmer, because you're closer to it, but your coffee is cooler, because water boils
at 198 degrees. Estes is also extremely dry, and with less water vapor in the air at this altitude,
the sky really is bluer in Colorado - but there's 30 percent less protection from the sun, so
sunscreen is a must.
Drink Water - Both before your trip to Colorado, and while you are here,drinking plenty of water is the number one way to help your body adjust easilyto our higher altitude. The low humidity in Colorado keeps the air dry, like thedesert, so you need about twice as much water here as you would drink athome.
Medical Assistance- Cassandra Rogowski RN, EMTII, will be on duty throughout the show as our on-call nurse. Since she lives at altitude, she can assist in any warning signs and making things all better.
Foods to Eat- Eat foods high in potassium, such as broccoli, bananas, avocado, cantaloupe, celery, greens, bran, chocolate, granola, dates, dried fruit, potatoes, tomatoes. Altitude: Don't let things you hear about the mile-high altitude scare you. The air is just thinner and dryer. In fact, many people with respiratory problems, move to Colorado for the benefits of the climate. Just follow these simple tips and you will very likely not even notice the difference.
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