Greetings from Western North Carolina,
I realize a lot has been written about altitude sickness on several of the forums, and I have a printout of a good thread from the Colorado forum on the subject as far as preventive measures and treatments.
Still, even armed with this knowledge, I'm a bit worried about elevation issues at the North Rim, where I'll be arriving on a Wednesday afternoon next September and staying until either Friday afternoon or Saturday morning. I'm not planning to do any crazy hikes or drink like a frat boy, but am hoping that altitude sickness won't ruin easy/moderate hikes, enjoying a beer at the lodge and just being up there in general. Do most people adjust after the first day?
The good news is that, to start my road trip, I'll be staying in somewhat high-altitude places like Fort Collins, CO, Jackson, WY/Grand Teton and Yellowstone. The bad news is that after that, I'll be at low elevation in Oregon and the Northern California coast before heading to Zion. Will Zion's elevation prepare me a bit for the North Rim, you think? Also, I live at about 2,000 feet and spend a lot of time on the Blue Ridge Parkway at about 4,000 to 5,000 feet, so I'm hoping that helps, but I read in my AAA Guide Book last night that 8,000 feet is when altitude sickness can become a problem.
Any feedback would be most appreciated.