I’ve Never Understood The People Who Freak Out Over The Denver Elevation

I keep going to see comedians, authors, and other people when they come to Denver and more than once now I’ve heard them say how dizzy the elevation has made them and how they respect the people who can live here. I’ve never understood that. I know that Denver is a mile high in elevation (5,280 feet), but I just never really noticed any particular effects.

Mind you, it isn’t like I’ve lived in Denver all my life and just never had a chance to be used to anything else. I haven’t. I grew up in Omaha (around 1090 feet in elevation) and spent the better part of thirty years there. I only moved to Denver about five years ago. I had no reason to be acclimatized to the elevation, but I never really noticed anything.

Frankly, I just don’t think the elevation here is quite high enough for dizziness or anything like that. Perhaps if you were playing some sort of heavy activity sport or running or something, but not just walking around. I’ve noticed that sort of dizziness when going up to Trail Ridge in Estes (12,183 feet), but not just in Denver.

Maybe some people are just more sensitive to elevation than others, but I never thought Denver’s elevation was that big of a deal. I’d worry about it if I was running a race or something, but ordinary activities don’t seem any different here than in Omaha. I just never understood why people coming here got so dizzy. Perhaps it was more from them checking out some of the recent legalizations here instead of the effects of elevation.

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2 Responses to I’ve Never Understood The People Who Freak Out Over The Denver Elevation

  1. Jon Konrath says:

    I think I noticed it on my first visit to Denver, when I ran up a few flights of stairs and got dizzy, but then if I was at sea level and ran up the same stairs plus an additional two flights, it would have had the same effect.

    I noticed the lack of humidity much more. A few weeks after arriving in Denver in 2007, I got food poisoning, and the ensuing antics plus the general dehydration triggered a case of gout that had me on crutches for weeks. I also notice in general my water consumption in Denver is about double what it is here. (Elevation: 13)

    • Yeah, running up flights of stairs winded me as much in Omaha as Denver, and I do tend to consume more water in Denver than Omaha. Omaha is about 50% more humid than Denver on an average day in the summer. Luckily, I haven’t had to compare food poisoning.

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