I am including this post for a couple of reasons.
1. Unless you don’t have a problem with altitude, or have already adjusted to altitude, don’t attempt to stop and look for birds at 12,000 feet. It is foolhardy since you will spend all your time adjusting to the altitude and not looking for birds. Spend your time at that altitude taking in the scenery and get the heck back down to a lower altitude.
2. The odds of you finding birds – say a White-tailed Ptarmigan – is slim to none anyway. So don’t make yourself sick unless you have adjusted to altitude.
So there you have my 45 minute stop at Loveland Pass – 11,990 feet above sea level. On my trip from Denver to Grand Junction I thought I would stop, take an hour, and look for the White-tailed Ptarmigan that had been reported.
I had been told that drinking water would counter some of the effects of altitude. So I had been drinking water all day. Plus chewing gum which always helps lesson the effect of altitude change. But immediately getting out of the car I thought I was going to fall down. So I stood for a few minutes and held the car. A few minutes later I felt better and since I was there, I might as well take a short walk. I made it a few feet and grabbed the back end of a sports car. Luckily no alarms went off. A few minutes later I could walk fairly normal, abet at a slow pace.
So I spent the rest of the time taken short walks, taking pictures, and listening to one distant bird. Then I figured it was time to get down off this mountain.
I would like to hear if you have had problems like this at altitude.