15th International D.H. Lawrence Conference, 
July 12-17, 2020, Taos, New Mexico

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AVOIDING ALTITUDE SICKNESS

Altitude sickness is real and can ruin your week in Taos

IF you don’t take precautions!


The peak of the infamous Matterhorn (pictured above) is 4, 478 m high.


Matterhorn = 4, 478 m above sea level 

D.H. Lawrence Ranch = 3, 194 m approx. 

Taos = 2, 194 m 

Albuquerque = 1,619 m above sea level 

New York/London = 10 m above sea level 


What can you do?

1. Make the transition gradually : Spend a couple of days in Albuquerque before coming to either Sante Fe or Taos. The Holiday Inn near the airport in Albuquerque(150 Sunport Place) has offered us a special rate of $109 for Wed - Sat, July 8,-11, plus Sat., July 18th. to Wed., July 21st. Book by phone: 1-505-944-2255 and mention the 'DH Lawrence Society.' Or, book using this link:(TBA)

2. Hydrate : Drink twice as much water as you normally would – preferably with electrolytes. We will provide bottles of ‘sports drinks’ at the conference. AVOID ALCOHOL! (Having said this, we will certainly be serving alcohol; however, you are advised to imbibe cautiously and to drink 2 glasses of water for each glass of alcoholic beverage.)

3. Be aware : of the combined effects of the altitude and the drying heat. Even a short walk can parch your body and tire you out. Stay in the air conditioned environments, especially in the middle of the day. (We will ‘front load’ the conference sessions so that you will be inside for the first two days, eating and hydrating.)