Climbing (or not climbing) in -20*C temps in Canmore

Climbing (or not climbing) in -20*C temps in Canmore

I’m still warming up from a month and a half spent in Canmore this winter.  With a work situation that was a bit flexible, I was there for some of January and most of February. The back to back climbing days really zapped some of my energy, but I think it was the cold at the end of the trip that really wore me down the most.  This blog post is about layering for very cold temperatures in Canmore, and some of my future rules of thumb for *cold* ice climbing days. Rule 1: Unless you have no other option,...

Don’t eat on the plane – fasting to reset

I have done two big climbing trips this year, one to Chamonix and one to Patagonia.  In both instances I thought I would come back from these trips thin and metabolically healthy.  Both times I’ve reached the end of the trip, however, and I’ve felt like my lifestyle health had really plummeted.   The combination of being in a different country with totally different food, and a bunch of “in-a-day” or long, multi-day high-intensity outings, made it really hard while there to stick to a consistent sleep schedule and low-carb diet.  I often reached the end of the stay and felt...