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Electro-Bites are designed for endurance athletes to help prolong their training and improve their race performance. While the company's intial focus is on runners, I thought hikers could benefit from Electro-Bites. When you think about it hikers are in the mountains up to 10+ hours. They need products that can help their endurance and recovery.
What are Electro-Bites
Electro-Bites are a baked product that are easily dissolved in the mouth. They are not a gel or a bar. They are made from coconut oil, agave syrup and potato starch, which provide excellent sources of carbs and fats. They taste like a salted graham cracker.
Since they are a baked product they are not susceptible to heat or cold. No more melting like some energy bars or being so hard due to cold weather you are afraid you might break a tooth! They are also very lightweight so they don't add any weight to your daypack.
Each 100 CALORIE SERVING contains –
Organic Coconut Oil
Organic Agave Syrup
Sodium (190mg) , Magnesium (46mg), Potassium (55mg)
A Variety of Flavors for You
Electro-Bites come in these flavors:
A Test of Electro-Bites
I tried Electro-Bites on a speed ascent of Kraft Mtn in Red Rock Canyon, which is 20 miles West of Las Vegas, NV. Speed ascents are just like they sound: you hike/scramble as fast as you can to the summit. It's a great, grueling workout and a perfect test for Electro-Bites.
I enjoyed the taste and I felt I recovered fast. I was not dizzy or weak like I can be after pushing myself to the limit. Speed ascents are brutal and recovering sometimes takes days. It's fairly warm this time of the year in Las Vegas, even in early morning, so this was a good test.
I recommend giving Electro-Bites a try.
You can learn more and buy them here.
Branch Whitney created the 52 Peak Club in March of 2011.
He is the author of the book: Hiking Las Vegas, an Amazon Best Seller
He also is the author of four other hiking guidebooks
He has led more than 8,000 hikers to over 100 different peaks
He has named over 30 peaks including: Bridge Point, White Pinnacle Peak, Ice Box Peak, Summerlin Peak, Northshore Peak, Oak Creek Overlook and many more.
He has found over 60 routes to peaks in Southern NV and beyond.
He has consulted for: Vasque, Geigerrig, REI, Zappos and has spoke to several companies
How many times do you have to retie your shoelaces during a hike? Twice, three times, or even more? Wouldn't it be great if there was a product that kept your shoelaces tight the entire hike? Well, now there is!
In the photo above I am at White Rock Hills Peak (6,423 feet) in Red Rock Canyon, which is just 20 miles west of Las Vegas, NV. It took me about 3.5 hours to scramble to the peak via the Surprise Canyon route. I never had to retie my shoelaces! Before using Lacelockers I had to stop and retie my shoelaces several times.
When you have to stop to retie your shoelaces, you lose your momentum. I believe it's easier, if you feel tired, just to slow your pace rather than take a break. Constantly stopping and starting back up again is difficult. With Lacelockers you will not have to stop, retie your shoe, and lose momentum.
Lacelockers are an ingenious and very simple way of keeping your shoelaces tight the entire hike. This is important if you are scrambling/climbing. You do not want your feet moving inside your shoes. This might cause you to slip and fall. Another great benefit is they also hide the shoelace loop so the loop will not snag on brush etc. I have been tripped by brush more than once when my shoelace became snagged.
I am so impressed with Lacelockers that I am giving leaders of the 52 Peak Club a pair for their shoes. The 52 Peak Club hikes to the best peaks around Las Vegas, NV.
Lacelockers are easy to use, inexpensive, and last a long time. They are available in assorted solid colors and graphic patterns or, with a minimum purchase, they can also be customized with a unique logo for your promotional needs!
For more information and to order: Lacelocker
Video explaining how to install lacelockers
You just did a hard hike and you do not want to feel like you got hit by a train the next morning. So, what can you do to prevent being sore and tight the next day?
First, go soak in a Jacuzzi. The hot water will sooth your muscles. If the bottoms of your feet are sore, place the bottom of your feet next to a jet. This really feels good.
Second, stretch after the hike. If you can go to a gym, it's better because gyms have more stretching equipment than you have at your house. Also, if you drive to the gym you will not blow off stretching. Stretch any muscles that are tight.
Third, be active after the hike. Do not sit around until you go to bed. Walk the dog, vacuum the stairs (inside joke) or do yard work. This helps keep your muscles loose.
If you are prone to cramping after a hike, eat something salty if you don't have high blood pressure.
Unrelated Note: The parking lot at Pine Creek Canyon in Red Rock Canyon is closed through August 2017.
There are several reasons climbing peaks are so appealing. Here are a few:
1. It's a measurable goal. You know you have achieved goal when you stand at the peak. This much different than having a goal that is difficult to measure such as: be happier.
2. You are in the great outdoors when you climb to a peak. Virtually everyone likes being outdoors. The sights, the smells, and even the sounds are uplifting.
3. When hiking to most peaks, especially Red Rock Peaks (just 20 miles west of Las Vegas, NV), you get away from the crowds. Over 95% of the time my group is the only group at the peak. Most hikers do not hike to peaks. This is a good thing.
4. Hiking to peaks is challenging. You find out what you are made of. We have become a nation of sedentary people. We need to move more and sit less.
It's human nature to ask, "What's in it for me?, when making a decision. I could list many benefits if you join the 52 Peak Club, but Mira said it better than I can.
Mira is a member of the 52 Peak Club; she is not an actress. The video was taken at Rainbow Peak, not in a studio with a green screen. She was not paid to give this testimonial. If you are looking for motivation, watch the video.
On April 2nd, 2017, Thomas Hart become the 138th member of the 52 Peak Club to hike to all 52 Peaks.
You can read his bio here.
Below is a video of Thomas receive his plaque.
To become a 53er is very challenging. You have to climb all 52 Peaks, which involves gaining 120,000 feet in elevation and hiking 300 miles.
To become a Double 53er means you have done the above twice! Only four other hikers have accomplished this feat!
On 3/26/2017, Jason Lillebo became a Double 53er.
Video of Jason Becoming a Double 53er on Hidden Peak in Red Rock Canyon
When you think of hikers climbing mountains, you do not envision someone that has asthma and bad allergies. Well, Cassia proved that wrong.
The above photo is her standing at the summit of Kraft Mtn. earning her first card in the 52 Peak Club. She is determined to earn the other 51 cards.
We will follow her progress through a series of videos. Below is her first video.
Cassia Shares Her Thoughts
Branch Whitney is the author of Hiking Las Vegas and creator of the 52 Peak Club where members hike to the best 52 Peaks around Las Vegas, NV