5 Ways To Stay Warm At The Crag This Winter
All psyched climbers know that the best conditions arrive with cold weather. Of course there’s nothing better than basking in the summer sun, lazily climbing up something easy, and getting down only to sunbathe a little bit more. Nothing, apart from when the temperature drops, the humidity disappears and the increased friction transforms crimps into jugs. And to quote the majority of my Facebook feed right now, ‘send temps are here!’
But let’s face the reality. Not much sending can happen when your teeth chatter like castanets and you haven’t felt your toes or fingers since leaving the car. If you fear the cold so much that with the arrival of autumn you confine yourself to the comforts of a climbing wall, here are five tips that might help you not only to survive the outdoors this winter, but to actually enjoy it too!
5. The right food
Performing in cold weather calls for more calories than it would in summer but this is not to say we encourage you to dive into a bagful of candy. You’d burn through the simple carbs in no time only to be left hungry and cold. A bowl of hot porridge before heading out will do more good (oatmeal has a low glycemic index). Calories are also steadily drawn from fatty food and this includes not only animal produce but also nuts, avocados or hummus. Snack throughout the day not to run out of fuel.
Share your favourite winter crag hacks with us in comments and remember to tag your instagram pictures #StillGettingOut to win a merino base layer this Friday!