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Why should a mountain climber count calories?

One scone is 930 calories   Fourteen slces of bread and a lot of jelly is 930 calories
Time Magazine, January 13, 2003

Good question!  The difference here is fat calories.  The traditional alpine mountaineer needs to replace carbohydrates to avoid BONKING! Not FAT!

Alpine mountaineering is basically an aerobic sport. Climbing, jogging, running, hiking the hills, backpacking, mountain biking, back country skiing, snowshoeing, telemark skiing and similar sports all act together to improve aerobic capacity, strength, balance and athleticism. Some of my companions were born with these gifts; I had to work hard at improving my abilities and to climb well. What workouts are you enjoying?

Mountaineering is about the mitigation of the risk of injury or death through traditional practices and the practiced use of finely designed equipment. I really liked that part! Controlling the risk is part of the adventure. Will you participate in our free clinics?

My wife of more than 59 years hiked and backpacked with us but never sought the summits. Tommie still loves the preparations and the lightweight gear but she does not now continue as our “advanced base camp manager”. She still participates in our planning and loves to share the companionship and our photos of the summit. There is a place for everyone in Traditional Mountaineering.

TraditionalMountaineering provides information and instruction about mountain climbing safety skills and gear, light and fast climbing, off trail hiking and light weight backpacking, illustrated through photographs and descriptions of actual mountaineering adventures. Will you share your comradeship?"
--Robert Speik

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--On Belay! Bob Speik




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