Packing food can be one of the most trying processes of preparing for a trip. Finding the right mix of nutrients, calories, is a science that most people (including myself) won’t ever understand. I am by no means a nutritionist, so don’t tear this apart, but I figured I’d give an example of what I try to eat for a days’ worth of climbing.

Breakfast: Egg Scramble

Egg Scramble & Sausage over the stove
Egg Scramble & Sausage over the stove

I’m a huge protein buff. Not because I want to get ripped or anything but I find that protein really helps my preform at my best. I try to start my mornings with an egg scramble mixed with tons of veggies and cheese. Here’s the basic breakdown:

  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Sliced Peppers
  • ½ Onion
  • 1 Clove of Garlic
  • Dollop of Butter
  • Splash of Milk (for scrambling)
  • Cheese for flavor
  • 2 Pieces of Toast / 1 Tortilla Wrap
  • Glass of Orange Juice
  • Sometimes a Beer (Beermosa anyone??)

Lunch: Totally Tuna

StarKist Tuna travels well with minimal garbage.
StarKist Tuna travels well with minimal garbage.

It amazes me that as a kid I used to HATE tuna fish. I thought it was the worst thing on the planet. Now, I’m obsessed. I love to eat tuna on the trail, or at the crag. It packs well, is easy to eat and is chalked full of protein with minimal fat. My normal lunch consists of:

  • 1 Packet of Tuna Salad (StarKist Tuna)
  • ½ of an Avocado
  • A couple slices of cheese (Colby or cheddar)
  • Hot sauce
  • Wheat Thins or Wrap
  • Gatorade (powder or bottled)

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Snacks: Nuts, Candy, GORP, Bars

Snickers Bars make great trail snacks. They're a good source of energy packed with nuts, chocolate and sugar
Snickers Bars make great trail snacks. They’re a good source of energy packed with nuts, chocolate and sugar

Snacks are super important. A constant state of fuel helps maintain performance, build muscle and even keep you hydrated. It doesn’t take much, a handful here or there is enough to ensure that your body doesn’t fatigue and your performance doesn’t drop.

  • GORP – 1lb Raisins, 1lb Peanut M&Ms, 1lb Cheerios, 1lb Peanuts
  • Nuts – Cashews, Almonds
  • Candy – Snickers, PayDay
  • Bars: Builder Bars, Caveman Bars, Cliff Bars

Dinner: Pastas

Gado-Gado: Calorie packed peanutbutter based pasta. Its amazing.
Gado-Gado: Calorie packed peanutbutter based pasta. Its amazing.

I don’t really know if it’s true, but carbs at night seem to be the thing to do. They’re also inexpensive, easy to cook and tasty. Any form of pasta will work, and have some fun with your sauces and ingredients. Here’s what I usually throw in with mine:

  • Pasta (any type)
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Peppers
  • Chicken (usually out of a can)
  • Texturized Vegetable Proteins (fake meat)
  • Red Sauce, White Sauce, Peanut Thai sauce (my favorite)

Note: Pastas are particularly great because they keep and carry really well. Sometimes I make a little extra, throw it in my bowl (with lid) and carry it in for lunch the next day. Two meals for the price of one! Amazing!

Like I said above, I’m no nutritionist, nor an expert. My general philosophy on eating is making sure that I get lots of veggies, lots of protein and lots of flavor. Keep in mind that this is a breakdown of what I eat when I’m out climbing, living in the back of my truck with good access to stoves and power. I’ll post a backpacking breakdown soon.

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