Wilderness Athlete Altitude Advantage Review

20160908_125213-01Something that I looked forward to every year, when I was a kid, was when my dad and I would make our annual trip up to deer camp.  The key word there is “up.”  Our deer camp was located at 9800 ft. on top of a mountain.  What a beautiful area.  I didn’t even know that places like this existed in Arizona until I saw it with my own eyes.  I am used to seeing mostly desert/high desert country.  Where we were, straight looked like the photos that I would oogle over in my outdoor magazines at home.  Even surrounded by all of that beauty, something always bothered me for the first day or so I was there.  I’d have headaches and just feel downright drained of energy.  I didn’t know, until recently, that I had been suffering from Altitude Sickness.  Never before, did I give any thought on how I might remedy the issue.  It was something that I just dealt with for the time being and then it would go away.  That was until I heard of Wilderness Athlete’s Altitude Advantage.  Let’s take a closer look at what Altitude Sickness is before we dive into this product.

What is Altitude Sickness?

Altitude Sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness occurs when one goes from lower elevation to higher elevation at a rapid pace, usually above 8000 ft.  It happens because at higher elevations, there is less oxygen, therefore we breathe heavier and harder, which causes the headaches.  Not everyone gets AMS and there really isn’t a way to know if someone will or will not ahead of time.  Your fitness level means nada in this scenario as well.  You can be in the best shape of your life and still experience AMS.  I myself was experiencing a mild version of the sickness, in the form of headaches.  It can escalate past that though with others.  In severe cases one might not even be able to walk in a straight line and experience ataxia.  Really, really severe cases can even cause death.  In most cases, once the body adapts to the altitude, the symptoms go away.  This usually occurs in a day or so.

Symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy (Feeling Tired)
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea

What is Altitude Advantage?dsc00564-01

Altitude Advantage was created for those of us that indeed suffer from AMS.  It was made to help us acclimate to higher elevations painlessly, enjoy our whole time on the mountain symptom free, and seize any opportunities that might present themselves.  These little capsules are jam packed with all kinds of good stuff to aid in your high elevation endeavors.  By combining ancient herbal remedies, vitamins, and cutting edge science Wilderness Athlete takes the sickness out of Altitude Sickness.   Here are some of the ingredients found in Altitude Advantage and their benefits:

  • Reishi Extract – Boosts immune system, improves lung conditions such as asthma
  • Golden Root Extract – Aids in mental stability and strength and mobility
  • Schisandra Extract – Decreases fatigue, enhances physical performance, and promotes endurance.  Helps to prevent mental fatigue.
  • Grape Seed Extract – Rich in antioxidants
  • Ginkgo Extract – Anti-Inflammatory

As you can see, there is quite the fire power within each capsule to take AMS and shove it straight in the dirt.  Each bottle comes with 50 capsules and should be taken BEFORE your trip.  I urge you to read the directions on this stuff before you take off on your adventures, so you can optimize your trip and gain the full advantage of Altitude Advantage.

My Experience20160604_135519-01

This year, I was lucky enough to pull off an out of state elk hunt to Colorado.  Camp would be located at 10,000 ft. and we would be hunting from there up to 11,000 ft and possibly higher.  I was so excited for this hunt, but in the back of my mind, I couldn’t help but think about the altitude.  I had never been that high up before.  Like I said, I was experiencing AMS at around 9800 ft as a boy.  What would 10 and 11,000 ft. be like?  For that reason, I jumped at Wilderness Athlete’s Altitude Advantage.  After all of the training, studying maps, and trying to learn as much as I could about elk, I didn’t want my trip to be possibly ruined by AMS.  It was really a no brainer for me to try the stuff out.20160604_165127-01

My hunt would land in the month of September and I was fortunate to make a scouting trip up to CO in June.  This was going to be my test run with AA.  My wife and I both took the product as stated on the bottle.  We had about a 3 mile hike to our destination, which would be where we would camp.  I was amazed.  Not once did I experience what I did when I was a kid.  The same was true with my wife.  We stayed back there one night and had a blast the whole time we were there.  No nurturing headaches or anything.  Just taking in everything around us and having a nice relaxing time.  I was impressed.  The real test would be when I stayed back in here for a week on my elk hunt though.

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After spending a week in the backcountry of Colorado, I can honestly say that this stuff is the real deal.  Not once did I experience AMS.  It let me focus on hunting and not a throbbing headache.  I just packed the pills away in each of my food bags for the day and took them with breakfast and dinner daily.  I didn’t feel any different than when I am hunting in AZ at 6000 ft or lower.  This stuff is going to be in my pack FOR SURE on any high country hunt or backpacking trip I have planned in the future.  I put way too much into hunting and the outdoors for my time to be ruined with altitude sickness.

Is there an Advantage to Altitude Advantage?

In my opinion, there absolutely is.  I experienced it for myself and am sold on it.  If you aren’t sure if you suffer from AMS, then I think that is all the more reason to get the stuff, so you don’t have to find out.  I, along with a lot of other folks, put a ton into hunting.  All year long I train in the gym, at the range, and in the mountains for that one opportunity we all dream about.  I don’t know about you, but when that opportunity presents itself, I want to be ready with as clear of a mind as I can.  Headaches, Nausea, and Dizziness are not on my list for success.  Preparation, Hard Work, and Determination are though.  Wilderness Athlete’s Altitude Advantage has definitely earned a spot in my Preparation.  Learn more about Wilderness Athlete and their other products at www.wildernessathlete.com.

 

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