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Rudmin


Nov 30, 2009, 10:18 AM
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Is it better to try to pack on fat for energy and insulation or to drop fat for less weight if going on a mountaineering/backpacking trip? I am heading out in January for two weeks in the Pyrenees.

I am leaning towards trying to pack on a few extra pounds of fat. Right now I am about as fat as a typical climber. I am not rail thin, but I don't have any chub hanging around either.


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Sounds like a bad idea. The pyrenees aren't exactly the himalayas.


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Extra fat is not going to correlate to extra energy. If you're worried about insulation, add another layer of clothing.


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Getting weight if you are going on an expedition above 6000 (altitude is indicative) where you are going to eat very primitively during 2 to 4 weeks, ok , but for the Pyrenees (as well as the Alpes), it is not useful.

On the contrary, you should just make sure that you are absolutely fit and remain at your usual "fitness weight" [in French : poids de forme].

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Yep just get as fit as possible. even if you lose a couple pounds doing it you'll be better off.


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Worst case scenario, just eat a sherpa.


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I have some experience on this for NON CLIMBING expeditions where EXTREME food deprivation is going to be a reality. We have found that
1) be absolutely fit
2) train your body for food deprivation for 2-6 weeks pre trip so body's metabolism know how to handle it
3) 1-2 weeks immediately pre trip pack on as much fat as possible and then start eating light for a few days pre trip. Its more important to be superfit and have your body knowing how to handle the food deprivation than to pack on the fat. Trick is to not have your body "learning" on the trip.

If you just pack on the fat with out the deprivation training before that your metabolism will be shocked for 7-14 days and it SUCKS!

But for alpine climbing there are guys on this forum & books that can get you on a alpine specific training regimen so this may not really apply for your needs.


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