A Brief List of My Worst Climbing Snacks Ever

There are a billion “10 Best Sending Foods” articles out there. Here’s what not to do: Eat free expired bagels with Nutella. Nutella is rarely a mistake, but free expired bagels are free for multiple reasons, most notably their intense dryness. Nutella did not make them less dry. Wet cheese sandwiches will not make you sick,…

27 Things I’d Rather Do Than Run

I look like I run. I ran competitively for 5 years before I started climbing and “for fun” for another two years after that. Then something happened: I stopped running. And now I understand why people say they hate running. It’s sweaty, time-consuming, boring, too slow and too fast at the same time, and nowhere near as…

Almost Pudding: Another Almost Good Post-Workout Recovery Snack

“Almost Pudding” is a concoction I stumbled upon when tired and mildly hangry post-workout one day. I tried adding about 6 ounces of milk to a scoop of my vegan mocha SunWarrior protein powder,* which, when shaken, immediately turned into a smooth, thick protein sludge, instead of the chocolate-milk-like consistency I was anticipating. It was “almost-pudding,” looking…

Three Incredibly Easy Ways to Eat More Protein

While we frequently hear that “the average American” gets plenty of protein in their diet, it’s important to remember that the average American doesn’t climb rocks, nor do they train to get better at climbing rocks. Most Americans don’t tax their muscles and tendons the way most climbers do, and thus most climbers need more…

The Ten Commandments of Dirtbag Grocery Shopping

I. Thou shalt always look for the store brand first. II. Thou shalt never set foot in Whole Foods unless someone else is buying. III. Thou shalt shop all the reduced produce and day old baked goods sections FIRST. IV. Thou shalt next shop the sales only for items on thy grocery list. V. Thou…

The “Adult” PB&J

Sugar and fat smeared between two slices of bread: Whoever invented the PB&J was a genius. They’re also to thank for my current go-to climbing snack. Here’s how I’ve upgraded a childhood classic into a not-so-unhealthy, cheap, delicious, “adult” cragging snack: THE ADULT PB&J INGREDIENTS: Peanut Butter – The kind with just peanuts and optional salt,…

(Climbing) Nutrition Simplified

Much of the information about nutrition that we ingest online is confusing and conflicting. Every article and podcast seems to encourage us to eat in a new way. Should we try out the ketogenic diet? What about going back to our roots and eating paleo? Or ditch animal products altogether to become vegan? Or maybe…

So Who The Heck Writes This Stuff Anyway?

Maybe you’ve read my brief “About” section. Maybe you haven’t. It tells you very little about me. So for those who are curious about who the heck writes this blog, here are some fun facts about this small female. Fun Facts: Age: 22 Height: 5’5″ Ape Index: 0 😦 Current City of Residence: Louisville, Colorado (essentially Boulder)…

6 Tips for Surviving Long Car Trips

Whether you’re making the 7-hour trek to Joe’s Valley for the weekend or driving coast-to-coast in less than a week, long days in the car are rough. However, YOU have the power to make them less terrible and even productive. Here’s How: Tip 1: Listen to Podcasts! Having driven from New Hampshire to California and…