All the way up from Denver my ears were popping as I climbed to Lake City which is at 8,671 ft above sea level. That’s 8,546 ft higher than my hometown of Manchester. There are some serious mountains near Lake City too – Uncompaghre being the highest at 14,409 ft.
With the Ute Ulay mine being at 9,200 ft you’d get very fit working at that altitude.
Apart from the possibility of altitude sickness, which can usually be avoided with a few simple measures, there can be some serious side effects of life so high up. Water boils at a lower temperature the higher you go – so my soft boiled eggs and soldiers were a disaster this morning.