HEALTH AND SAFETY .

Mt Kenya like any other mountain in the world can sometimes be dangerous and hazardous.

It is therefore important to:

  1. Be well equipped
  2. Let your expedition leader know your health history.
  3. Have good communication system
  4. Have basic first aid kit and know how to use it
  5. Be able to identify mountain sickness

6 Eat diet high in carbohydrate

HOW TO RECOGNIZE ALTITUDE RELATED ILLNESS

At high altitudes the amount of oxygen decreases dramatically. This can result in medical

situations that must be a concern to every hiker.

AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness)

Signs

  • Headache,
  • nausea_ fatigue,
  • malaise,
  • loss of appetite and difficulty in sleeping.

Treatment.

Slow do_ stay in camps_ drink water and rest while the body adjusts to the altitude. If

symptoms persist after 48hrs descend.

HAPE (High altitude pulmonary aedema)

Symptoms

Shortness of breath during exercise progressing to shortness of breath while resting, a dry

cough deteriorating to it frothy sputum, audible gurgling (rales) from the chest area, increased

heart and breathing rate.

Treatment.

Descend immediately and seek medical attention.

Descent is the best available treatment. It can progress quickly to a point where the patient cannot walk.

It doesn’t improve with a rest at the same altitude.

HACE (High Altitude Celebral Aedema)

Symptoms.

Arms that progress to severe headaches, loss of co-ordination, slurred speech, irrational behavior, coma and death.

Treatment Descend immediately, hace can quickly progress to lethal stage.

Prevention of Ams, Hape, Hace. 

  • Allow 2 nights at 10,000ft or at higher nuts at around 14,000ft.
  • Before proceeding higher increase fluid intake to 4 — 6 litres per day.
  • Avoid extreme physical exertion and eat a light diet high in carbohydrates.
  • Take symptoms seriously.

Rest and acclimatize if and is suspected.

Report to ranger rescues station and descend immediately if Hape or Hace is suspected.

However it is important to drink plenty of water and walk slowly to allow your body get used to the altitude.             

HEALTH AND SAFETY .

Mt Kenya like any other mountain in the world can sometimes be dangerous and hazardous.

It is therefore important to:

  1. Be well equipped
  2. Let your expedition leader know your health history.
  3. Have good communication system
  4. Have basic first aid kit and know how to use it
  5. Be able to identify mountain sickness

6 Eat diet high in carbohydrate

HOW TO RECOGNIZE ALTITUDE RELATED ILLNESS

At high altitudes the amount of oxygen decreases dramatically. This can result in medical

situations that must be a concern to every hiker.

AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness)

Signs

  • Headache,
  • nausea_ fatigue,
  • malaise,
  • loss of appetite and difficulty in sleeping.

Treatment.

Slow do_ stay in camps_ drink water and rest while the body adjusts to the altitude. If

symptoms persist after 48hrs descend.

HAPE (High altitude pulmonary aedema)

Symptoms

Shortness of breath during exercise progressing to shortness of breath while resting, a dry

cough deteriorating to it frothy sputum, audible gurgling (rales) from the chest area, increased

heart and breathing rate.

Treatment.

Descend immediately and seek medical attention.

Descent is the best available treatment. It can progress quickly to a point where the patient cannot walk.

It doesn’t improve with a rest at the same altitude.

HACE (High Altitude Celebral Aedema)

Symptoms.

Arms that progress to severe headaches, loss of co-ordination, slurred speech, irrational behavior, coma and death.

Treatment Descend immediately, hace can quickly progress to lethal stage.

Prevention of Ams, Hape, Hace. 

  • Allow 2 nights at 10,000ft or at higher nuts at around 14,000ft.
  • Before proceeding higher increase fluid intake to 4 — 6 litres per day.
  • Avoid extreme physical exertion and eat a light diet high in carbohydrates.
  • Take symptoms seriously.

Rest and acclimatize if and is suspected.

Report to ranger rescues station and descend immediately if Hape or Hace is suspected.

However it is important to drink plenty of water and walk slowly to allow your body get used to the altitude.