Food for Climbers By Michael Restivo
Climbing is an intensive and all-committing sport where the body has to be able to support itself with continual movement and energy while ascending the wall. Good training and increased flexibility support climbers but on truly committing routes, it’s essential to keep the body well fed and well hydrated to be able to perform at the maximum capacity, especially on the longest routes.
My favorite style of climbing is in the alpine realm. Alpine climbing involves long routes, usually in a moderate grade, all day continuous climbing, and being able to perform and survive in harsh temperatures, whether on an exposed sunny face, or a cold, snow swept, and windy summit. The food that we carry with us on big peaks or tall rock pillars reflects the changing conditions and the task at hand.