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Tea: A Mountain Athlete’s Secret Weapon

What if I told you staying properly hydrated could improve your athletic performance? You probably already knew that. Did you know exercise performance is impaired when an individual is dehydrated by as little as 2% of their body weight? Endurance athletes aren’t the only ones who should be concerned about their hydration levels either (yes, I’m talking to you, boulderers and sport climbers!). Your capacity to perform high-intensity exercise is reduced by as much as 45% by prior dehydration, meaning staying hydrated in the days leading up to your big red-point is just as important as how you’re hydrating in between burns. Now, what if I told you there is a drink that can help keep you hydrated while increasing your endurance capacity, aiding in recovery, and reducing inflammation? I’m talking about tea! Tea is the world’s second most widely consumed beverage (with water coming in at number one). Legend has it the Emperor of China first discovered it in 2737 BC, while boiling water under a tree. A leaf fell from the tree, floated down …

Recovery Meal: Pineapple Fried Rice

  We all know the importance of consuming a healthy recovery meal after a hard day of climbing/training. Directly following this activity our bodies are in a heightened state, and can use the food we consume to aid in the recovery of damaged muscles. It’s important to act quickly and thoughtfully however, as this metabolic window is only open for roughly 45 minutes and not all nutrients are created equal when it comes to recovery. While the window of opportunity and ideal ratio of carbs and proteins are highly debated among nutritionists, Adam and I tend to aim for carbohydrates and proteins in a 4:1 ratio. If you’re looking for a healthy and delicious recovery meal, look no further! This Pineapple Fried Rice I recently made has a good mixture of carbs and proteins and contains ginger, which is a natural anti-inflammatory (helps with post work-out soreness). Make it ahead of time so it’s ready to eat after a day of climbing, or cut the veggies and pre-cook the rice so all you have to do is sauté the veggies and mix in the …

Random Act of Kindness & a Bowl of Corn Chowder

The rain had finally stopped and the sun was showing its face for the first time all day. Adam and I packed up our computers and walked to our van in the parking lot of the Jackson Whole Grocer, where we had been using Wi-Fi all day. As we hopped in the van and were about to turn the key in the ignition, there was a knock on the window. A young girl, probably about the same age as Adam and I, wearing shorts, a t-shirt, and a trucker hat stood outside. Adam opened the driver’s side door. “Hey, are you guys living in your van?” the girl questioned. The reality of van life is that you always have to be cautious about what you tell strangers, especially when you spend a fair number of nights parked and sleeping in random parking lots around town. Did she work at the Whole Grocer? Did she think we were going to sleep here tonight? Was she going to yell at us? As these thoughts ran through our …

5 Reasons Climbers Should Eat More Kale

As the sport of climbing grows, performance related nutrition seems to be gaining momentum and interest within the community. While different bodies function best under different conditions, increasing your kale consumption might be just what you need to stay healthy and train hard for this year’s goals. After all, if Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgenson ate kale while climbing the Dawn Wall it can’t hurt, right? Here are five reasons why climbers could benefit from eating more kale: It’s an anti-inflammatory food: After a hard day of contorting your digits into thin cracks or crimping micro edges, it’s not uncommon to wake up to sausage fingers. Just as you should stay away from inflammatory foods (like tomatoes) before a sending day, anti-inflammatory foods can help reduce swelling from periods of hard climbing. Kale is so effective as an anti-inflammatory it not only helps prevent but can also reverse effects of chronic inflammation (including arthritis). It’s high in manganese: Manganese is an important mineral for the formation of connective tissue. Consuming the recommended portions can aid …

A Recipe for Success: One convertible, 10 pairs of shoes, and a batch of whole wheat pancakes

If you live in a van long enough, you’re bound to find yourself in some interesting situations. This one was a first: Adam and I rolled into Coyote Corner the morning of a rest day to fill up water and cook a leisurely breakfast in the parking lot. It’s common to see vans, Sprinters, and small RVs, so we didn’t think twice when we saw a bus sized motor home taking up half the parking lot. As Adam brought the water jugs over to the spigot, I opened up the kitchen and got to work measuring out pancake mix. As I heated up some oil and poured the first batch of pancakes into the sizzling pot, a man walked over. “Hey! Are you the caterer?” he asked eyeing the pancakes keenly. “Uh, no, not a caterer. Just cooking breakfast,” I replied. He quickly apologized and walked away with an air of disappointment. That’s weird, I thought to myself. I flipped my pancakes and continued cooking, only to notice another man sitting in a chair outside the motor home …