I’m lucky enough to have a small, dedicated gear room at my current abode. Although gear tends to spread out on a day-by-day basis as it gets used, theoretically, it could all go into this room. In fact, for 8 or 9 days last summer, I think it might all have actually been in one place. Not so much so in Fall, Winter, Spring, or early Summer, tho.
One shelf doesn’t see a lot of stuff being moved around, however. That’s the food shelf. I simply skim out whatever energy bars and energy gels I’ll need on a day-by-day, or trip by trip, basis. The rest stays put, unlike skis, hats, boots, ropes, gloves, skins, baselayers, softshells, etc.
One look at this shelf and one thing becomes immediately apparent: it takes a LOT of food to fuel human powered skiing. I don’t generally nibble on energy bars or gels as around-town snacks, although that would be a pretty healthy thing to do. But I still manage to go through cases and cases of these things. The picture displays the food shelf at a relatively ‘low’ point. Low on gels and chews, anyway.
Since any portable food that provides high-quality energy costs a fair amount, I tend to use it primarily in, or headed to, the mountains. The exception Continue reading ‘One Shelf in the Gear Closet’