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Old 09-17-2016, 11:10 AM   #113
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I've never heard of folks getting altitude sickness in Tucson or Phoenix.

It usually begins to happen (if ever it does) around 5,000'. We have stayed in parks at 9,000' and I have no problems. However, if a hike takes us up to 9500' or higher, I just can't do it. As soon as I return to 9,000' I'm just fine. (I'm 75 yr. young)

As stated, you will be driving to Tucson/Phoenix and just by doing that you are slowly being acclimated to a little higher altitude so when you arrive you will be just fine. However, don't over exert yourself the first couple days and always drink lots of water. After a few days you can test yourself by siteseeing gradually a little higher to see how you do. Just doing a small trail from your campground can give you the test. If you feel bad just turn around and it'll be over. It's not a big deal if you catch yourself feeling different right away. It becomes a problem if you stay at that altitude for a long time. All you need to do is to get lower and the feelings go away.

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Old 09-17-2016, 11:16 PM   #114
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Phoenix is 1,086 feet and Tucson is 2,388 feet in elevation.
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Old 09-17-2016, 11:33 PM   #115
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Yeah, so don't go up to the top of Mt. Lemmon your first day in Tucson.I never experienced it until a trip to Durango, up the railroad. I suspect I was dehydrated. It was unexpected, because we live in Colorado Springs. So I stay hydrated as much as I can remember to because I live out here inthe desert west. When we're in Ouray, we stay hydrated because of the altitude.
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Old 09-18-2016, 06:10 AM   #116
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There really is no rime or reason to altitude sickness , it's a lot like sea sickness, can be had by all, many a ships captain can tell you......however it is to a degree what you are used to of coarse . I lived 20 years st 5,000 in the Blue Ridge Mtns, NC. Spent 10 days above 9,000 in Colorado , on and on for so many years as well as being an old sailor, lived aboard my boat for 5 years at 0. ! Who knows, when it's your time, it's your time.
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Old 09-18-2016, 11:36 AM   #117
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shortness of breath

15+years ago I had a del. to Springerville, Az. 1100 ft. Felt fine, then suddenly wheezed and had to catch my breath every 20 min. or so. Locals had a good laugh. Most won't notice below 3000 ft, then air starts to thin. There'a campground book that includes elevation. Can't remember name.
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Old 09-18-2016, 03:47 PM   #118
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My two cents........ Tombstone Territories RV Resort just outside of Sierra Vista, AZ (located on highway 82 near Tombstone) .... look it up.... excellent place. ... a little hard to get into later in the fall.... it completely fills up.
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15+years ago I had a del. to Springerville, Az. 1100 ft.
Springerville, AZ is around 7,000' elevation, not 1100'
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I know you said Tucson but might you conceder Yuma? We had a very nice stay last season and are going back to the same place just outside (3miles) of Yuma in Winterhaven Ca,
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We are talking about two different things here. Altitude sickness can be a serious thing, it's not the same thing as " adjusting" to different elevations. Shortness of breath can be caused by climbing stairs, one more reason I always try to take the stairs and not the elevator in any building less than five stories.i lived at 5,000 ft in NC for 18 years and my house was 5 story spiral staircase ( tower like ! No elevator ). I live on a short mountain now in upper Michigan overlooking Lake Superior 1300 ft three miles down range to 600 ft lake shore , always walking up hill it seems , yet , Last year for the first time Santa Fe at 8500, after 4 days , I developed some form of altitude sickness.....it abated once we got down to 2,000 ft at the Texas border.
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Springerville, AZ is around 7,000' elevation, not 1100'
Wasn't actually in town. If it was only 7000 ft, they still had a good laugh.
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We are talking about two different things here. Altitude sickness can be a serious thing, it's not the same thing as " adjusting" to different elevations. Shortness of breath can be caused by climbing stairs, one more reason I always try to take the stairs and not the elevator in any building less than five stories.i lived at 5,000 ft in NC for 18 years and my house was 5 story spiral staircase ( tower like ! No elevator ). I live on a short mountain now in upper Michigan overlooking Lake Superior 1300 ft three miles down range to 600 ft lake shore , always walking up hill it seems , yet , Last year for the first time Santa Fe at 8500, after 4 days , I developed some form of altitude sickness.....it abated once we got down to 2,000 ft at the Texas border.
Yes, it can be debilitating. My incident on the train to Silverton, as well as my son's (my wife was unaffected) was quite painful. Aspirin and lots of water helped us feel better but it didn't abate until we returned to Durango. Never had it before or since. The waiting to go to a yet higher elevation helps only if you spend that time hydrating, which is the main part of my advice to visitors to Colorado.
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Being new , why have you picked the " Valley" , Texas ? There are many more areas in AZ , NM., NV. However they are all desert places with low humidity. South Texas is not like that , more like Florida. ( I know these remarks are general, not specific, we all have our reasons for where we spend the Winter )
Texas is nothing like Florida
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Texas is nothing like Florida
Texas is a big state, and for that matter so is Florida if you compare Key West to places in the Panhandle. The most common thing both states have is latitude and being on the Gulf. Far south coastal Texas has a lot in common with south Florida weather wise. That's as it should be considering the latitude, I am sure the largest reason people winter in both areas is to get away from cold climates up north. If you look at long range averages it's easy to see the connection, however, year to year changes do effect how some look at the climate and their personal experiences. The same goes for the desert states, lots in common because they share desert conditions , then again year to year changes can and do come to play as well. It's tough finding a place that has constant weather that does not change much , especially when you are driving there......
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only location I can think of that has stable/repeatable weather. year round. .
..... is the equator ....


6 weeks I depart for South Texas. waiting, waiting, waiting
. never been there.


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