Extreme Food for Extreme Adventures

extmainAs not everyone has the same needs when it comes to their adventure food, we want everyone to be able to tailor a nutrition plan that’s right for them and their activities. This is why our freeze dried breakfasts, desserts, vegetarian and meaty main meals all come in sizes ranging from 125g and 180g meaning you can mix and match different meals to get the right amount of weight in your packs as well as the right amount of calories.

For bigger appetites or those needing more energy to fuel their adventures, we stock 800kcal  extreme breakfasts, vegetarian and meaty main meals. We also stock 1000kcal main meals for those needing even more energy.

You can fit more in your pack as well since we aim to make our food the lowest weight and most compact size available! For snacks in-between meals we stock Chia Charge flapjacks and Cliff natural energy bars, meaning we are your one stop shop for adventure nutrition!

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Rock Climbing Nutrition

When rock climbing, it’s important to think about your nutrition, and exactly what you will need to be consuming to power you through the climb and help your body recover after. Rock climbing is a challenging sport, and can be very damaging to your muscles. Therefore proper nutrition will not only help you be a better climber by giving you the energy when you need it, but also make sure your muscles are taken care of.

There are three stages to think about – Priming, Fuelling, and Recovery.

In the Priming stage you want to make sure you fully hydrate, water being the best way to do this at the recommended one litre or more before your climb. Next you will need to make sure to prime your muscles and take in something that will be a quick source of energy. A good way to do this is with carbohydrates as this helps raise your blood glucose level helping to sustain your muscle endurance. Protein has been shown to minimise fatigue so it’s good to add some form of protein, whether in food or in a gel that can be absorbed quickly.

Next is the fuelling stage during your climb. It’s important to prevent dehydration and remain hydrated, control and reduce any damage to your muscles, and provide a quick source of energy to keep you going. It’s important to keep a balance of both carbohydrates and protein, as studies have shown this to me the most effective at reducing muscle damage. Carbohydrate/protein mix drinks and gels are an effective way to get the nutrition that you need quickly, such as our Ultra Fuel energy 4:1 drinks.

Lastly is the recovery phase. There is a window of 30-45 minutes in which your body is in a heightened state of replenishing muscle energy and protein therefore reducing muscle damage. Within this window you should be rehydrating, and using again a mix of Carbohydrates/Protein in a 4:1 ratio to get the best results.

For more information, take a look at PacificHealth Labs studies and a great table showing what you should be consuming during each phase.

Climbing at Annapurna Base Camp

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It doesn’t get much more extreme than climbing to the top of Mount Everest, and Karma Sherpa has done just that, 5 times! He will be taking a small group to attempt the summit again in March, where he will be fuelled by Extreme Adventure Food.

In the meantime, over the holidays he’s been hanging out at Annapurna Base Camp in the Himalayas, eating our delicious freeze dried meals. With high energy, low weight, and small size, they are the perfect meals to take on your next big adventure.

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