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Grand Canyon Grub

September 19, 2011

This weekend I realized the importance of diet on a long, strenuous hike–case in point, hiking the Grand Canyon.

View from the top of South Rim

Believe it or not, and contrary to what you might think, it’s critical to eat lots of salty (!) things when hiking in the heat because when you sweat (and you will), your body depletes itself of electrolytes. Jeff and I just completed one of the most strenuous hikes of my life to date, in and out of the Grand Canyon. I’m used to eating lots of fruits and veggies, but when hiking this trip, Jeff insisted it was critical to not only hydrate often (I probably drank six liters of water on our first day in the Canyon), but it was even more important to snack on salty, high-calorie things often.

Jeff looks kind of hungry

We ate cheese and salami sandwiches, peanut butter, granola bars, trail mix, and gummy bears to make up for the calories we rapidly burned.

This hike was a 10+ mile hike into the depths of the Canyon, past the Colorado River, and to the Bright Angel Campground, and a 10+ mile hike back up the Canyon, back and forth on switchbacks that never seemed to end. Twenty some miles round trip. From the top, it looks like a long way down.

Though much longer of a hike than I’m used to, it was well worth it. The views were amazing and seeing the gradual change of the rock the deeper you went, wow. It blows my mind that water could carve such a beautiful thing.

The Colorado River

If you ever get the chance to visit this international treasure, I encourage you to do so. Just remember to eat and drink appropriately!

About halfway down, on Devil's switchback

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