The 8000ers is an exclusive group, and the of cost of entry is high. Really high.
There are only 14 peaks in the world that extend 8,000 meters (26,247 feet) into the atmosphere, including, of course, Earth's highest point - Mt. Everest. Unfortunately for some, the thrill of reaching that monumental 8,000-meter mark comes with more than just bragging rights. Altitude sickness, a potentially deadly risk of climbing, can set in at 8,000 feet (2,400 meters). And during the weekend, that was the fatal illness that befell some Everest hikers who paid the ultimate price.
Here are some of the telltale signs of and tips for combating altitude sickness:
Climb slowly. According to the National Institutes of Health, you are more likely to get acute mountain sickness if you climb faster and exert a lot of energy.
Stay hydrated, and eat your carbs. Expert's can't say for sure what causes altitude sickness, but longstanding advice says drink lots of (nonalcoholic) fluids, avoid sleeping pills or medicine that can affect breathing, and eat your carbs.
Take ibuprofen. Ibuprofen fights brain swelling, which, in rare cases, can be a fatal aspect of altitude sickness.
Know the symptoms. Other symptoms the National Institutes of Health says to look out for: