23 November, 2001
This morning we had some training in how to recognize and prevent altitude sickness. It struck me that the advice given to people that will be at altitude is not all that different than the advice we all can use:
1) Prepare yourself mentally. Take care of yourself by monitoring how you feel, and see if your new place is causing you physical stress.
2) You can always go back to where you were. Descend. Try again later.
3) Drink plenty of water.
4) Take it easy, but don't be a couch potato. Be relaxed and focused on what it is that you have to do.
There were more drastic scenarios, but the bottom line is that you have to be responsible about how you take care of yourself.
Work on the battery power has really kicked in. We have a lot to move up the mountain. Thank goodness for helicopters. Tomorrow we meet at "The Cage" to put together some of our sleeping gear and begin to finalize the loads that will go up the mountain.
I got the chemicals I need to capture snow crystals. The weather station was also in the stockroom, so both of my personal duties are in order.
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