Question: If you go mountain climbing do you need to spend time in a pressure chamber?
A friend and I were discussing changes in pressure when he blurted out “that’s why you have to go into a pressure chamber when you go mountain climbing.” Now I have never heard of this and said that really doesn’t make to much sense, but then again I have never gone mountain climbing so I don’t know. So I put the question to you. Are their pressure changes on mountains?
Answer by Cody
No, most high altitude mountaineers do not use pressure chambers to prepare for climbs. They are too expensive for most people and their benefits have been shown to be not that impressive. To acclimate to high altitudes (low atmospheric pressures), climbers spend a long time on the route, from several days to several weeks depending on altitude and experience. This allows them to slowly acclimate and allows their bodies to build red blood cells to deal with the lower oxygen levels.