Greater & Greener 2019 will take place in the Mile-High City of Denver, one of America’s fastest growing and vibrant cities. With brilliant blue skies and the Rocky Mountains as your backdrop, there is so much to explore, from cultural events to nature exploration, from riding the rapids downtown to a serene walk in the foothills.
Denver is 5,280 feet above sea level, and we want to make sure all participants acclimate to the higher elevation to best enjoy this remarkable city and experience. Here are some tips:
We encourage you to arrive into Denver at least 24 hours before your first conference activity. Being at altitude for 24 hours before exerting yourself will allow you to take full advantage of our great programming while being well.
Before your trip to Denver, and while you are here, drinking plenty of water is the number one way to help your body adjust easily to our higher altitude. The low humidity in Colorado keeps the air dry, like the desert, so you need twice as much water here as you would drink at home.
Monitor Your Alcohol Intake
In Denver's rarified air, golf balls go ten percent farther and so do cocktails. Alcoholic drinks pack more of a wallop than at sea level. It is recommended that you go easy on the alcohol in the mountains and in Denver, as its effects will feel stronger here.
Eat Foods High in Potassium
Foods such as broccoli, bananas, avocado, cantaloupe, celery, greens, bran, chocolate, granola, dates, dried fruit, potatoes and tomatoes will help you replenish electrolytes by balancing salt intake.
Watch Your Physical Activity
The effects of exercise are more intense here. If you normally run 10 miles a day at home, you might try 6 miles in Denver.
Pack for Sun
With less water vapor in the air at this altitude, the sky really is bluer in Colorado. But there's 25 percent less protection from the sun, so sunscreen is a must. Denver receives over 300 days of sunshine each year (more than San Diego or Miami). Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, and lip balm.
Dress in Layers
Two days before your trip to Denver, check the weather and use this information to pack appropriately. Because Denver is closer to the sun, it can feel much warmer than the actual temperature during the daytime, but then become very chilly after sundown. It is best to layer your clothing. Bring a rain poncho for potentially-brief pop-up afternoon storms.
Greater & Greener has partnered with Visit Denver to provide you with all the information you need to plan a memorable visit including tours, activities, eats, how to dress, how to play in the sun, and how to manage the altitude. We encourage you to visit the pre-conference planning microsite at https://www.denver.org/cpa/.