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crazy_fingers84


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I was wondering what everyone's thoughts were on the best food you could take climbing in terms of taste, weight, filling potential, energy potential and ease of preparation. It seems that every time I go out I bring granola bars and snickers which just aren't cutting it for me anymore.


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Fruit Rollups, Gummi worms and candy necklaces.


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totally depends on what you are going to be doing that day.

the nutrition for a half day of sport is going to be a lot different than the nutrition for 12 hours of trad....

your not going to want to cram snickers bars down your mouth for the trad.... Smile

alpine would be even further removed from sport or bouldering than trad.

give a scenario...

ex: pretty standard day of trad... up in the dark, hour + hike in....climbing for 6-10 hours... hour + hike out...

you need to have a great dinner the night before...think carbs... breakfast should be as soon as ya get up.... carbs again...for me though it is usually one of those big ass met rx bars and a 32 ounce gatorade....

during a day like the above I will be eating a cliff bar while climbing...plenty of water.... a peanut butter and banana sandwhich at mid day, and usually a generous helping of trailmix in the afternoon....again plenty of water....

then I eat a big meal when I get to camp or home.


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Bagels.. anything with peanut butter.. trail mix (home made.. put in the stuff you like) cliff bars and power gel are a nice back up


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def drop the snickers bars.... granola, met rx, cliff, balance...those are good bars...

most people do not give themselves enough fuel during a day of climbing and their strength suffers a great deal... keep taking in calories throughout the day...

gels are good too....


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crazy_fingers84 wrote:
I was wondering what everyone's thoughts were on the best food you could take climbing in terms of taste, weight, filling potential, energy potential and ease of preparation. It seems that every time I go out I bring granola bars and snickers which just aren't cutting it for me anymore.

Clif Mojo bars and Trader Joe's trail mix (anything of the RAW variety).
They pack easy and light and fill you up. Though they are more of the "all day nibble" type foods.


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carabiner96 wrote:
...candy necklaces.

Seconded. In a pinch they make a great belay anchor.

(Or you could go with Cliff Bars and peanut butter, jelly, and banana sandwiches - sacrosanct among my friends.)


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GORP is my favorite thing to go climbing and hiking with, though I like to replace the peanuts with almonds and cashews. Adding in dehydrated fruit other than raisins is good too. Does Mars make dark chocolate M&M's yet? Or just milk chocolate?

As has been mentioned, there are many good energy bars on the market. If you are inclined, you can do a search on Recipezar.com or Cooks.com to find recipes for granola type bars as well - which allows you more control over what you are eating.

I'll have to find it again, but there is a great recipe for apple and oatmeal pancakes that a friend swears fills you up well and will keep you going all day long. You can take them with you, roll them up to eat plain, or put peanut butter on them as well.

Ah here it is ...

# cup Quaker quick oats or old-fashioned oatmeal
# 4 egg whites
# 1/2 apple, diced
# 1 scoop protein powder
# 1 Tsp. Cinnamon


1.) Put all ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Stir until the mixture has a semi-liquid pancake-batter-like consistency.

2.) Spray some non-stick spray on a frying pan and pour the mixture into the pan.

3.) Cook on medium heat. When one side is lightly browned and solid enough to flip, turn the pancake over with a spatula and cook the other side until lightly browned and firm.

Notes: For higher protein diets, add one scoop of vanilla protein powder ("Designer Protein" brand "vanilla praline" adds a nice flavor too). Wrap up your pancake in foil and take it to go, put it in the fridge for later use, or eat it hot! Oatmeal pancakes will stay fresh all day long without refrigeration.

This makes 1 large 6" to 8" pancake or several smaller ones.

God Bless,
mik


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http://us.mms.com/us/about/products/dark/


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what about nutella ??? pretty much chocolate crack


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MMMMMMMM dark chocolate .......

LOL I haven't eaten much candy in the last 8 months :P Though portioning out one of those small bags to last all week is a temptation :p

God Bless,
mik


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azrockclimber wrote:
breakfast should be as soon as ya get up.... carbs again...for me though it is usually one of those big ass met rx bars...

...which contains almost no carbohydrate at all.

Jay


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azrockclimber


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jt512 wrote:
azrockclimber wrote:
breakfast should be as soon as ya get up.... carbs again...for me though it is usually one of those big ass met rx bars...

...which contains almost no carbohydrate at all.

Jay

haha... are you showing us how smart you are again..? thanks for that.... please note I said "for me though...."

In this case "though"... would be referring to me straying from my advice to the OP...

you're the man...


thanks buddy...


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I only eat energy bars while climbing. While climbing, I never want to eat a full meal, but rather a series of snacks throughout the day. Most bars contain about 200 calories, which is about the right size for me while climbing They are small, pack easily, require no preparation, provide reasonably complete nutrition, and are so convenient that you can easily eat one at the belay. The only negative is that most bars have a narrow range of optimal temperature. Some bars melt in high temperatures, while others become rock hard in the cold, something to keep in mind when selecting your bars for the day's climbing.

Jay


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jt512 wrote:
I only eat energy bars while climbing. While climbing, I never want to eat a full meal, but rather a series of snacks throughout the day. Most bars contain about 200 calories, which is about the right size for me while climbing They are small, pack easily, require no preparation, provide reasonably complete nutrition, and are so convenient that you can easily eat one at the belay. The only negative is that most bars have a narrow range of optimal temperature. Some bars melt in high temperatures, while others become rock hard in the cold, something to keep in mind when selecting your bars for the day's climbing.

Jay

hmm....yep...

thank you captain obvious....


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azrockclimber wrote:
jt512 wrote:
I only eat energy bars while climbing. While climbing, I never want to eat a full meal, but rather a series of snacks throughout the day. Most bars contain about 200 calories, which is about the right size for me while climbing They are small, pack easily, require no preparation, provide reasonably complete nutrition, and are so convenient that you can easily eat one at the belay. The only negative is that most bars have a narrow range of optimal temperature. Some bars melt in high temperatures, while others become rock hard in the cold, something to keep in mind when selecting your bars for the day's climbing.

Jay

hmm....yep...

thank you captain obvious....

*plonk*




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xjlx wrote:
what about nutella ??? pretty much chocolate crack

I love "Chocolate Crack"!! ?!?!?!??? Did I say that? Actually that makes me almost ill.

Things I have seen that work:

Bagels, Cream Cheese Spread, and Pepporini (or Turkey version for less fat)

Tuna, Goldfish, Soy Sauce, and a Hard Boiled Egg.

My personal Favoite. being the Tortilla, Peanut Butter, Honey, with Rasins and Apple Slices.


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pb&j, apple, cliff mojo bar, gatorade, sometimes grapes if I can organize myself for that, Trader Joe's Omega trail mix or something like that (lots of walnuts, cranberries, pumpkin seeds).

Or a ham sandwhich.


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cchildre wrote:
xjlx wrote:
what about nutella ??? pretty much chocolate crack

I love "Chocolate Crack"!! ?!?!?!??? Did I say that? Actually that makes me almost ill.

Things I have seen that work:

Bagels, Cream Cheese Spread, and Pepporini (or Turkey version for less fat)

Tuna, Goldfish, Soy Sauce, and a Hard Boiled Egg.

My personal Favoite. being the Tortilla, Peanut Butter, Honey, with Rasins and Apple Slices.

I am definitely using the tortilla, peanut butter, honey one.... that sounds great.


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If it's cold temps I'll go for a couple servings of oatmeal in the morning. I'll pack a PB&J for lunch, and typically bring a granola bar or two, pre-packaged cheese or PB crackers, or possibly jerky. Dinner is often pasta if we're cooking at camp, or pizza if we're eating out. I generally just drink water when I'm out climbing, or occasionally take a bottle of iced tea.

Edit: When I'm being good I'll also try to pack fruit for single-pitch climbing, be it raisins, an apple, etc.


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Ham Sammiches, a snickers bar, and a good dark beer.

Occasionally a banana, but they don't pack well, nor do they fit well in a pocket(especially when climbing off-widths and chimneys).

Oh yeah, i usually have an apple for the walk out.


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someone said enery gels.....
http://www.summitpost.org/...energy-for-less.html


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Most packets have energy contained written on the back.

I usually buy these really cheap pre-made caramel cake slice thing. We searched the supermarket one day looking for high energy food and the cake came out on top... way above any other product. I dont think its sold in the US tho.

Its just a quick pick me up in the morning before climbing but I suggest you eat something that is slower burning energy.

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