AMS can occur at altitudes of 2,500 to 3,000 meters, which is lower than Pike's Peak. Endurance athletes are no less likely to experience this than sedentary individuals.
* Dehydration--When you are running hard (up Pike's Peak at any speed is hard) it is often tough to drink enough fluids.
The Buffalo Creek area is composed of Pike's Peak
granite, and this granitic soil is infertile, poorly structured, and erodes easily.
Another gold rush captured the nation's attention when gold was discovered in Colorado in the Pike's Peak
area in 1857 and at Cherry Creek, Denver, in 1858.
His earliest book was The Past and Present of the Pike's Peak
Gold Regions (1860).
Author and photographer Neider gives us plenty of reasons to go or to stay with about a dozen descriptions of such luminous spots of land as Pike's Peak
, the Great Sand Dunes National Park, and the Continental Divide, giving very detailed maps, comments and resources for more study.
Add to the challenge 7,815 feet of vertical ascent (starting at 6,295 feet) and subtract a substantial amount of air, and you are left with one of the most grueling competitions in the athletic world, the Pike's Peak Marathon, run by 800 hearty souls every August.
Here are tips the Pike's Peak organizers suggest: train on a treadmill set at maximum incline, run trails with steep terrain, and do step-ups on a truck bumper after your longest, toughest runs.
It crosses 15 states and the District of Columbia from Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware, to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California, passing through 16 national forests, Pike's Peak
, gold mining towns and 10,000 other points of historical and cultural interest.