Using Supplemental Oxygen When Acclimating

I live at sea level and my first snowboarding trip of 2018 was during Mammoth’s opening weekend. I went up with a friend and we went shopping around town that Saturday evening. While my friend browsed, I sat there feeling very off with my head getting heavier and feeling variations of overheating and being too cold. One of the shop employees handed me a Boost Oxygen can for me to try. I took two puffs (inhale and hold it in for a couple seconds) and within a few minutes I felt like myself again (no joke).

We got a couple cans to hit the lift with on Sunday and on the drive home, stopped by the shop again to stock up. These have been such a game changer!

$15.99/can on Amazon

$15.99/can on Amazon

In the last year, I’ve been more sensitive to altitude as my body take the time to acclimate. Boost Oxygen helps your body as your acclimating, almost like a supplement that helps the acclimation process. But if you are feeling severe Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) or High-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE), you need to decent to lower elevations quickly. That is the only cure for AMS and HAPE.

In the winters I snowboard (mainly at Mammoth) and in the summers I hike at high altitude all over the Sierra Nevada’s and I’ve been keeping a stock of these cans at home so I can grab and go when I hit the mountain. These cans weigh almost nothing, so to all the backpackers out there worried about your pack-weight, these won’t make it any heavier.

Whether we’re at 7,000 ft, 11,000 ft or higher, everyone in the group ends up passing around the oxygen can, taking turns puffing.


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