Aspen a base for changing attitude about altitude

Just sleeping at altitude will help you acclimate, as more time in the area will leave you better prepared, regardless of your fitness level. But the best way to make the most of your high-altitude adventure vacation is to plan excursions that progressively take you higher over the days of your trip.

“Progression makes the altitude less shocking on your body,” says Nate of Aspen Alpine Guides. And when you live near sea level, you need every advantage to get past huffing and puffing with every step – and appreciate the views that a higher position affords. Even if a 14er isn’t your goal.

Aspen is home to a handful of 14ers: Capitol Peak, Snowmass Peak, Maroon Peak, North Maroon Peak, Pyramid Peak, Castle Peak, Conundrum Peak, La Plata Peak, Mount Elbert and Mount Massive.

They all offer variety in terms of aesthetics and level of difficulty, so relative beginners to high-altitude hiking need not think one of these peaks is beyond their grasp.

Because of its proximity to hiking trails with a variety of terrain, Aspen is a good place not only to work up to altitude but also, for people who might be intimidated by higher altitude, to get over it.

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