Here is a copy of what editor, Eli Boschetto had to say about Acli-Mate®:
Two summers ago, I set out to hike the entire 220-mile length of the John Muir Trail in California’s Sierra Nevada. This trail had been at the top of my life-list, and I had been preparing for years. Three weeks and 134 miles into my trip, I bonked hard.
What happened? The first thing to go was my appetite. Even though I had packed all of my favorite foods, eating was an unpleasant chore. Next came the sleepless nights, tossing and turning in my bag, despite my exhaustion from hiking long days over 11K and 12K passes, only to get an hour or two of shuteye each night. In the last few weary days, the nausea struck.
When I arrived at my last resupply station, I was completely bedraggled and deflated. The station attendant immediately recognized altitude sickness. She gave me lots of electrolyte drink and encouraged me to get rehydrated and try to eat. I spent an extra day working on mending myself, knowing that the bigger, higher passes were still to come. After no noticeable improvement the next day, I decided not to risk my health and safety and exited the trail. But I would be back.
The following summer, just before my planned return to the JMT, I was introduced to a product called Acli-Mate. This all-natural drink supplement employs a formula of vitamins, minerals, electrolytes and herbal extracts to assist in dealing with prolonged high elevation exposure. It was worth a shot; in just a few weeks my wife, Mitzi, and I would be tackling the next section of the JMT, near where I had exited the year before. We would be at constant elevations of 11K and 12K feet. Mitzi was known to have issues with elevation above 10K feet, and from my experience the year before, I was now too.
We started a regimen of Acli-Mate the day before our hike, and every morning and evening during our hike. We felt great! We ate well, we slept well, and we practically ran up 12K-foot Glen Pass. Now, with a little Acli-Mate in our water bottles (Cran- Raz is our favorite), prolonged elevation exposureis no longer an issue on our favorite trails.
– Eli Boschetto