Are you the type of person who enjoys climbing to new heights? This is an exhilarating way to get outside, enjoy amazing views, and challenge your body in new and exciting ways. But reaching new altitudes is a difficult experience, because the higher you go, the harder your lungs have to work to take in the oxygen you need. This is a reality that all climbers and hikers must properly prepare for - otherwise, we run the risk of developing serious side effects and health problems. And while discussing how to prepare for high altitude is helpful, it’s also important for everyone to climb with proper medical supplies at the ready.
That's where we can help. The Sportsman's Doctor specializes in providing custom first aid kits to our customers meant to combat specific problems experienced in the great outdoors. Our kits are unique because we go above and beyond in providing the medical supplies you may need for all of your wilderness adventures, including high elevation treks. Every kit contains basic kit materials as well as additional prescription medications that your standard, run-of-the-mill first aid kits do not have!
Additionally, all of our kits are created and reviewed by Fred Teribury, MD. This ensures that our products are overseen by an individual with over two decades of military and medical experience, and are carefully crafted to meet every adventurer's needs. Plus, when working with The Sportsman’s Doctor, you will always have access to a medical doctor/provider who is experienced and board-certified in internal medicine.
Ready to start preparing for your next outdoor getaway? Our kits are ready for purchase right here on our website! We are also able to answer questions and take custom orders, and invite people looking for additional information to contact us and discuss your kit needs.
High altitudes can induce altitude sickness, otherwise known as acute mountain sickness. This illness can affect mountain climbers, hikers, skiers, or other travelers at high altitudes. (High altitudes as typically defined as above 8,000 feet - a.k.a. 2,400 meters.) Note that altitude sickness is not a "sickness" in the sense that a virus or bacteria causes it. Instead, this issue is specifically brought on by when we reach a higher altitude - i.e. elevation - too quickly. Therefore knowing how to prepare for high altitude, trying to prevent it, and addressing its symptoms appropriately is a vital part of a high elevation trek.
While anyone traveling to a high altitude can develop altitude sickness due to the elevation, some factors do make people more likely to experience symptoms. These factors include the following:
Altitude sickness symptoms - or acute mountain sickness symptoms - can vary depending on the type of sickness being experienced.
The good news is that there are altitude sickness prevention techniques that can help people experience the outdoors safely. These prevention methods include the following:
Our products are specifically designed to treat the minor issues that may affect us as we climb to higher altitudes. The key word here is minor! Our products are not trauma or emergency treatment kits and should not be used as such.
With this in mind, our high elevation kits specifically include 6 Acetazolamide Tabs. This medication is used to prevent and reduce the symptoms of altitude sickness, specifically by decreasing mild headache, tiredness, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath. It is particularly useful in situations when you cannot make a slow ascent.
To treat basic injuries, our kits also contain the following:
To treat basic aches and pains - including headaches and sinus issues - our kits contain the following:
To treat basic skin issues, our kits contain the following:
To treat minor/possible infections, our kits contain the following:
To provide comfort from issues such as sore throats, dry eyes, or allergies, our kits contain the following:
To help you safely treat minor issues, our kits contain the following:
2 Pair Gloves
The Sportsman's Doctor also allows shoppers to purchase advanced first aid kits geared towards women. These kits include the same items listed above, with the addition of 12 Phenazopyridine OTC, 6 Cipro Tabs, and 1 Pregnancy test.
The contents of each of our first aid kits have been hand selected by Dr. Teribury. He has built this list based on his experience as a member of the special forces, a sportsman and a physician. You will find everything you need to treat minor scrapes and cuts, as well as prescription medicine that have been prescribed to treat issues such as elevation sickness, sea sickness, urinary tract infections, and bacterial infections.
*Currently available in NY, PA, NC, OH, & TX