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Preparing for a Mount Whitney day trip

Since I live near the Canadian Rockies, I spend most weekends scrambling up peaks here.  Although few Canadian Rockies peaks exceed 11,000 feet, I keep in good physical shape by doing these lower (but often more technical) summits. However, I still find higher altitudes like Mount Whitney, Borah Peak, and Long's Peak take me a day or two of adjustment or else I get headaches. The following preparation routine worked for me when I did an ascent of Mount Whitney in one day.

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