I recently purchased a waterproof I.D. bag at REI for a friend who kayaks and a package of Clif Shot Bloks organic energy chews arrived in the same box as a free sample.
Well, I couldn't resist immediately ripping open the 2.1-ounce bag with 6 strawberry flavored chews and downing two of them.
The strawberry flavor was good. The texture/consistency is akin to Gummy Bears. While some “energy shots” have some pretty odd flavors, this was decent.
Rx for Energy
The instructions on the bag recommend taking 3-6 chews every hour during activity, followed by water.
Contents: organic rice syrup, organic cane juice, brown rice solids, citric acid, coconut oil and Carnauba wax (must hold it all together). No saturated fats or trans fats.
Sometimes you can be climbing in the mountains for long periods and your energy starts to run out. A sugar boost from an energy chew could help.
One acquaintance of mine is an ultralight backpacker in the extreme. He told me that he hiked in Greenland for two weeks, living entirely on 1,000 calorie per package energy shots like those used by weightlifters. Sounds pretty boring, but if you want to keep your pack weight down, eliminating real food is one way. But it’s not for me.
Be light. Be safe. Be one with the pack.