From time to time you hear people say, "Mounatin guides are like camels, they hardly drink and eat while on a tour". This refers to a professional eating and drinking behaviour....
From time to time you hear people say, "Mounatin guides are like camels, they hardly drink and eat while on a tour". This refers to a professional eating and drinking behaviour. Here a few thoughts:
- The "energy-storage" of your body should be refilled with carbohydrate rich food two to three days before going on tour: all kinds of pasta, potatoes and rice. Less useful are meat and fish dishes.
- While still at home,watch your vitamin balance.
- Make sure you have sufficient liquid supplies before you start your tour! As a rough check evaluate the colour of your urine. Alcoholic drinks are inappropiate, because they have a diuretic effect.
- While on tour wear suitable clothes depending on the weather conditons in order not to lose unnecessary water when sweating.
- Drink regularly little portions, e.g. 100-150 ml every 30-40 minutes.
- While on tour eat little dishes (e.g. power bars) every hour. High energy bars are available in our pharmacy.
- After three to four hours or once you have reached the top, rest for a while, drink and eat sufficiently. Think of the motto: What tastes good is good! Smoked ham, cheese, chocolate etc - everything is suitable, but in moderation. Smoked sausages and chocolate are worth mentioning due to their high fat content. Therefore they are indigestive and should be eaten only to a moderate extent.
- Once you have reached a hut, be sure to have generous liquid supplies (more than two litres) and enough to eat. You should look out for easily digestive and warm dishes with low fat and high water content (strong soup). Cereals, when possible, should be put into water or milk for several hours. Because of the sweating, your body loses important mineral salts, which you should compensate the inbalance with adequate electrolytes. Isotonic drinks are very suitable! We would like to adise you!