Lucky me, I have all 4 – food allergies, Celiac Disease, Eczema and Asthma I should be living in a bubble but instead, I’m usually pushing my limits.
I have been hiking a lot this summer and one of the most frustrating things for me is finding food that will stay good (regardless of the weather) and doesn’t have nuts, sesame or gluten. Finding gluten-free energy/granola bar type things is EASY. There’s Kind bars, LÄRABARS and other brands. Most of them have nuts. The other thing a lot of them have is dried fruit or raisins. which often seems to bother my stomach too (due to fructose malabsorption, in my unprofessional medical opinion)
Anyway, I’m still struggling this. At the higher elevations, the temperatures are cooler so I don’t have to worry about food going bad. In those cases, I usually make a sandwich with Udi’s bread and Applegate turkey lunch meat A lot of times, I’ll bring some snack size York Peppermint patties, marshmallows, plantain chips and/or a banana. As long as I get SOME food in me, I’m not too worried YET about how healthy it is – as long as it won’t make me sick on an 8 hour hike without a bathroom.
Here’s a picture of the final scramble to the summit of Mt Bierstadt (our first 14er!) from last weekend!
And here’s a picture of us at the summit. We made it!
A 14er is a mountain having an elevation of at least 14,000 feet. There are some other criteria too, regarding the prominence of the peak, for it o qualify as a 14er. Anyway, Colorado has 53 of them and since the beginning of the summer, it’s been my goal to hike one. One of my biggest concerns was whether I would have issues at that high of an altitude with my asthma. My understanding is that anyone, regardless of age and fitness level, can experience altitude sickness, but “they” say that people with pulmonary or cardiac issues should obviously proceed with caution.
In any case, I obviously brought my rescue inhaler. My two biggest asthma triggers are allergens and cold weather. Luckily, when you’re at that altitude, you’re above treeline, so allergens aren’t much of a problem. It was very cold and windy at times, especially as we got closer to the summit, but the balaclava helped with that immensely. (If you’re wondering whether your asthma will prevent you from doing this, check with your doctor first!)
Once I started hiking more, I also read that regular socks weren’t very good (they don’t wick away moisture, they can cause blisters, etc.). Almost everywhere I read recommended merino wool. Since my eczema is pretty much ONLY on my feet, I was a little nervous it would make my feet itchy. They were already itchy enough after a hike in regular socks because my feet would be sweating and hot. Anyway, I bought a few pairs of Merino wool socks for hiking and they are AMAZING. They don’t bother my feet at all, there’s far less friction in my shoes and I also feel they help moisturizer absorb better.
Here are some more pictures to make this more interesting ;)
Here’s a picture of the most beautiful hike I’ve been on … where my boyfriend happened to propose! and I said yes, of course!
If you’re in the Denver/Boulder area, I highly recommend a hike here. There are gorgeous views right away and it’s very easy hiking.
(As always, if you want to see more pictures specifically about our hiking, Eric blogs about all of them)
If any of you have any tips for good snacks to bring on hikes that meet all my criteria (no nuts, no seeds, no fruit), please recommend :) I need all the help I can get. Plus, hiking and nature is super addictive and I’d like to go on a backpacking trip next year. I have not found any dehydrated or freeze-dried meals that would be safe for me :( And you need your energy on long hikes!