Chocolate. Peanut butter. Chocolate covered pretzels and more peanut butter. Okay, I’ve got the most important “food groups” covered. So, what else is in my pile of delicious food? Clif, Luna, fun size candy, Epic bars, packets of oatmeal, bags of apricots, mangoes, dates, raisins, cashews, nuts, sesame sticks, corn nuts, granola, blocks of cheese, stacks of pepperoni, and an assortment of Mountain Meals.
Proper nutrition and rationing are a huge part of expedition and high mountain success. I’m packing sixteen days worth of food and striving for a balance of meals high in fat, protein and carbohydrates. Zip lock bags help organize the goodies and calculate daily calorie consumption. On Aconcagua, I’m aiming for 3000-4000 calories a day. My food was bought in an American supermarket and will be packed in my checked bag. In country, our team will have a small window of time to purchase more items if needed.
This is an approximation of what my daily food intake will look like:
Breakfast: A mix of oats, granola, Clif bars dipped in peanut butter for a daily start of about 500 calories.
Snacks: Clif bar, Epic bar, snickers, nuts and raisins. I’ll carry the bag of snack food in of my clothing pockets, so that I can easily access the 500-1000 calories.
Lunch: Tort wrap with cheese and pepperoni, or peanut butter and dried fruit, along with some snacks coming in at about 500-1000 calories.
Dinner: Mountain House meal (1000 calories)
And remember to pack: Cup, spoon, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand soap and extra ziplock bags!
Something I will not be bringing… sardines. Big props to The Apollos team at Paul Smith’s College for putting together an awesome Discomfort Zone. It was a really fun and creative interview. I must admit, there are not many things that make me uncomfortable. Believe it or not, I’d rather climb a hundred feet of vertical with a spider running down my back then eat sardines. Why? Because fish juice is gross. Period.