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Mountain Climbing Diet

Post by Halfbreed » Mon Feb 04, 2008 5:35 pm

Interesting Question. My mom, at 48 years old, is planning on climbing Mt. McKinley in Alaska this June. She wanted my advice as to what she should be eating prior to the climb and during the climb to keep her energy levels and strength high throughout. This is a 2 week climb in ice and weather, carrying a large pack. She said that they expend about 4500-5000 calories a day on the mountain, according to the guides. I told her to carboload for about a week in advance, eat plenty of proteins so her muscles don't waste and she'll have free proteins to call on for energy when her carbohydrate stores get depleted, and before the climb don't eat too much or she'll get fatigued, but eat light snacks along the way that have simple sugars, carbs, and proteins, plus certain vitamins and minerals that act as a catalyst for metabolism of the other energy sources. Any other ideas/suggestions?

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Post by ironmaiden708 » Mon Feb 04, 2008 5:41 pm

No so much simple sugars, that can cause an insulin spike causing her to crash and feel very empty and tired. Carbs, fats, and some protein would be fine. She doesnt need 150g of protein, this isnt a body builder whos cutting that we are dealing with. Other than that it seems pretty good.

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Post by TimD » Mon Feb 04, 2008 6:41 pm

OK, 2 considerations.1. Has to be light. 2. Has to be extremely calorie dense.
Pemmican, dried meat mixed w/fat. Used to sustain the American natives and European trappers. Very light.
Trail mix, dried fruit and nut mix. Again very light.
Choclate bars w/nuts
No worries about inulin spikes due to the heavy concentration of fats/energy.

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