How I Stay Paleo When I’m Outside Climbing


I’ve been rock climbing outside more lately, since I’m living out of a van for the sole purpose of rock climbing. Well, I guess we’re home-hunting, as well. During our travels this year, we’re trying to find a new place to call our home. So far, we think the best home is the van, but we’ll see how that changes over time…

Anyway, girl’s gotta eat out at the crag, so I thought I’d show you what kinds of things I’ve been feeding myself. Maybe it’ll give you some Paleo inspiration if you find yourself outside climbing, hiking, camping, or doing whatever outdoor thing you fancy. Just because you’re outside and away from home, it does not mean you have to resort to bars or other food-like products. Real food is totally an option!

Recently, we were in the Fins, which is a climbing area near Sun Valley, Idaho.

That’s a lotta rock :)
That’s a silhouette of me with my friend Pawel climbing in the background.
Isn’t it pretty?

In some climbing areas, we can just stick really close to our van and eat whenever and whatever we want. But at the Fins, the climbing was a very steep 15-minute hike from the camping area, so we packed out our lunches and snacks.

Here’s a list of the items in our food bag for the day.

“Food bag” makes it sound like some sort of horse trough attached to our faces… I wish! I eat a lot while I’m climbing. Seth, who is a LOT stronger than I am (and most people I know, for that matter) hardly eats anything while he’s climbing, even if it’s for hours and hours. Sometimes I think I should try to be more like him, but then I try it and I just get hungry and weak.

Ok, here’s our food trough list.

  • 2 cans of sardines (only 1 of which gets eaten. By me, of course.)
  • tupperware of leftover breakfast (eggs, sausage, and veggies scrambled in coconut oil)
  • avocado (to be eaten alongside the sardines)
  • 2 small apples (both for me)
  • bag of dried figs*
  • plum for Seth
  • tupperware of baked or boiled sweet potatoes
  • pumpkin tapioca crepes**
  • salt (for the tapioca crepes)
  • water
  • rawhide chewies (for the dog, silly)
  • 2 liter bottles of Mountain Dew (just kidding!)

*The figs I bring for me because Seth is on this low-sugar diet, as well as an herbal cleanse, to get rid of intestinal yeast he was diagnosed with. So, being on his low-sugar diet, he doesn’t feel like he can eat an ENTIRE fig, but he’s ok with taking BITES out of my figs. So every time I pull one out, it looks like this (see below). And every time I pull one of my mangled figs out, I show it to him, ask him, “What the f*ck, buddy?” and he laughs hysterically. Ha ha, Seth.


**Pumpkin Tapioca Crepes were invented by me because Seth can’t have bananas right now on his low-sugar diet, so we can’t have our usual banana tapioca crepes. We needed some carbs that weren’t from fruit. I mix half a can of pumpkin purée with 3 large eggs and about 3/4 cup tapioca flour. Then put a large pinch of salt in the batter and fry them up in coconut oil, bacon fat, lard, or tallow. Delicious. 

That’s it for now! What food do you guys take with you to stay Paleo when you’re out doing fun things?