Sometimes though, it’s still pretty cold outside, which means the rock is also probably still cold and not quite ready to climb. So how should I best use this time to prepare for the ensuing Rifle training day? I know that once we start climbing and exchanging belays, there won’t be time to eat a whole meal.
That’s why I decided to spend the morning moments planning ahead, consuming extra calories and preparing a snack bag for my crag pack to fuel my body for a high-performance climbing day. Here are a few of my favorite, quick, nutritious meals you can easily prepare in your van or at the campground.
BREAKFAST: OATMEAL GUMBO
My first step is to heat up water with JetBoil and make coffee! Lots of coffee. Drink coffee now and pour more coffee into travel mugs for sipping throughout the day. While preparing my oatmeal, I usually grab an apple to eat eating during preparation.
Get bowl and fill with oatmeal and hot water. I like to throw all kinds of stuff into a big bowl of hot oatmeal. Here are a few of my favorite combinations.
- hot water
- Dry fruit, especially berries
- Handful of trail mix
- Handful of favorite granola mix
- Scoop of almond butter
- Protein powders
- Fig Newton’s
- Pop Tarts
LUNCH: TUNA/SALMON TACO DELIGHT
- Tuna or salmon packet (there is a larger variety of single serving packaged fish on the market now)
- Fresh tortillas
- Scoop in a fresh avocado
SNACKS: EAT-AND-GO BELAY BAG
My crag snack foods need to check a few requirements: must provide immediate energy, be easy to digest, must stay fresh, needs to be resistant to extreme temperatures and will not get crushed in my backpack. So here’s what you’ll find in my crag snack bag:
- GU’s - chocolate with caffeine
- Bobo’s bar
- Energy tablets (caffeine and electrolyte mix) to drop into the water bottle.
- Bag of trail mix
DINNER: ANCIENT RAMEN BOWL + SECRET INGREDIENT
- Broth packet or sodium free bullion
- Dried shiitake mushrooms
- Dried kale
- Add other dehydrated veggies of your choice
- Crushed Oreos (if you have a sweet tooth)
- Crushed chips, like Doritos (if you prefer a savory soup)
- Practice Mindfulness. ; ) Relaaax. Breeeathe. There is nothing to do. There is only this moment. Thank God I’m in Rifle!
Contributed by Kim Tellez, Earth Treks Personal Trainer, Instructor and van life master. Photos courtesy of Ross Landino, Earth Treks Instructor.