Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks Offer Easy Climbing Nutrition

Posted: March 14, 2014 by kirisyko in Climbing, Fitness and Training
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When you’re out climbing rocks and frozen waterfalls or scaling mountains and peaks then you need to eat so you can stay charged up. If you don’t get a regular infusion of energy then your performance is going to suffer and you can’t do your best for a coveted redpoint ascent or you won’t stand on some isolated summit.

The good news is that there are lots of quick energy options available to keep your mind and body at a top level. The best options to fuel your vertical ambitions are energy bars, gels, and drinks. They have a lot going for them–they’re portable, convenient, digestable, and have distant expiration dates. There is also a huge variety of brands and types of energy foods so you can easily tailor your cliff-side diet.

If you’re like me, you love your energy bars. I love energy bars; take them climbing, hiking, and sometimes have one for breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack. Okay, I admit it…I also have an energy bar-hoarding problem. So I stock up on lots of bars of all kinds, shapes, and sizes–Clif Bars, Powerbars, Luna Bars, Lara Bars, Now Bars, Balance Bars–so I always have a great selection to chose from.

The other day my son Brett pointed out to me, after checking out a basket full of energy bars on the kitchen counter, that one of the Clif Bars expired back in 1999. I checked it out. Yep, 1999. Any takers? I think if you put it in the microwave it will soften up nicely for your next climbing day…

Read more about energy bars, gels, and drinks in the new article Energy Bars and Foods are Ideal for Climbing Nutrition: Eat Properly for Climbing Performance.

Photograph above: If you don’t have camp cooks like Brian and Rob to make a good climbing breakfast then carry lots of energy bars for daily nutrition. Photograph © Stewart M. Green

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