knowing what your specific objective is would help, I’ve taken a lot of folks from the midwest up 14ers and I like to go to Leadville and walk the downtown strip a few times and get a meal and then camp down near Salida which can be about 8k i think. Then go for a hike the next day or poke around a higher trailhead or Monarch Pass and just get used to the altitude. Two or three days of that makes a big difference and I think if you have the time and resources planning a week of hanging around Leadville could help you as long as you time the turnaround right for your main objective. the downside would be all that traveling and stress right before your objective and it’s impact on your tapering. The cumulative acclimatization benefit of this whole endeavor would diminish pretty quickly afterwards so spending a week in Leadville and then flying back to sea level for a week and then going to climb Denali or an international objective would probably harm your pre trip mojo more than it would help. I’ve never climbed anything above 14 but i’ve climbed about 1/2 the 14ers in a lot of one or two week vacations coming from lower elevations, so thats my experience with it all.
As a flat-lander, we do not have immediate access to high altitude training in preparation for a high-altitude goal. Is there any significant benefit to going to a higher altitude town (eg Leadville, Co), training in the local area / mountains for a week or so in preparation for the goal climb?
Is a week visiting a 10,000’ town and training to log higher elevation gain significant enough for some physiological adaptions?
If yes, how long before the climb to sustain those adaptions and not overtrain – finish one, two or three weeks prior to the goal event?
Would the best training benefit be acclimatization or working vertical gain?
If it’s only building elevation, I could go to parts of the AT and log some great elevation gain gain over a week, but would never exceed about 4500’ in altitude.
Thanks in advance,
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