Avoiding Altitude Sickness

altitude_sickness-273x300Altitude sickness is defined as an “illness caused by ascent to a high altitude and the resulting shortage of oxygen, characterized chiefly by hyperventilation, nausea, exhaustion and cerebral edema.” (so says google) Typically, one suffering from altitude sickness experiences headaches, a loss of appetite, and sleeping difficulties. It’s a serious condition and if it persists the best way to treat it is to descend to a lower altitude.

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Where to Stay in Crested Butte


Your options are numerous when it comes to accommodations in Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte. CB is in the valley, and Mt. CB is at the mountain base where the ski lifts run (more about what to do in CB in a later post). Depending on where you want to set up camp, you may want to pick one over the other.   No matter where you stay though, you have a free shuttle bus that runs between the two towns and a nicely paved path. This year we hiked from our condo in Mt. CB to town and it was about 3 miles.

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Going Back to Colorado


This makes our 11th year to visit Crested Butte, Colorado.  Every year a number of people from Texas (okay, hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people) make their way to Colorado for a short respite from the heat.  There really is no other place like Colorado with its breathtaking beauty, cool air, and endless outdoor fun.

Over the next week I’ll post on the following topics to help you plan your next trip to the Rocky Mountains.  

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Welcome to Navigation Maven!

The inspiration for this blog came from a friend after discussing my most recent trip to the South of France.  In the midst of explaining what we did on our trip, how I organized it, and the planning that went into the trip,  she said “You should start a blog!”  This sounded like an awesome idea to me for several reasons:

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