At KHUMBU, we want to be your biggest support when it comes to reaching your climbing and bouldering goals. And we want to do it by providing you high-quality sport nutrition, specifically put together and balanced for the needs of climbers and boulderers. Climbing and nutrition….er, where is the connection exactly, you might want to know?!
Well, you see, climbing is a very demanding sport, as you know. It places high demands on your mental prowess and physical strength. It is a sport which at times looks more like a vertical dance. But the easiness of dancing often does not prevail very long. Exhaustion sets in quickly, power seems to evaporate, and every hold gets harder and nastier. End of the dance. Why is this? It is, because when you boulder or climb, you put some very specific demands on your body:
Without the appropriate and supporting nutrition, even the most perfect and toughest training can not deliver all of its potential! And you will not be able to deliver all of your potential either. And there is more: If you train hard, and if you climb hard, and you fail to give your body back its calories, its carbs and its proteins, you will not only not become a better climber, but you are punishing your body, which in turn will result in loss of performance over time and maybe even in injuries. If you are a technic geek, think of your body as your climbing machine. Take care of it!
It is hence time to support your body, by letting it have all the essential nutritiens it craves for. But hold on: No need for you to go out and scavenge for seeds, and nuts, and fruits, and look for what types of proteins are good for you, and how much of it you need. Because this is our job, and we did it. For you. KHUMBU products have been developed specifically for climbers. Based on scientific input, and made by climbers, nutritionists and athletes! KHUMBU products provide you all the essential stuff you need to prepare, to go on, and to support your recovery process after you have given it all.
Our bar for preparation. It first of all will help you to diminish the rapid loss of glycogen in your forearms, by raising blood sugar levels. This will allow you to climb longer, and will diminish signals of fatigue. The secret here is the optimal balance of carbs and proteins and additional natural ingredients, which help to reduce lactic acid build-up. By being able to climb longer, you will be able to perform better over time. Nothing beats optimal preparation. Do not leave this to your competition!
To be able to hold on, you need a constant intake of rapidly absorbable energy during your climb as well. Using KHUMBU Boost, you will not only have a perfect source of well-balanced energy which lasts long. Other key ingredients like BCAA amino acids and caffeine (not contained in all types of gels) help your body to keep up high levels of concentration, to protect your muscle tissues and minimze muscular damages, which occure frequently when you pull out tough moves. Our combination of maltodextrin and fructose ensures energy kicks in quickly, but then is being released at a constant rate, rather than dropping off qucikly as well.
After climbing is really before climbing! Because it is now, within the 30min metabolic window after you have stopped your activity, that you really need to give back your body what it needs: Repairing these micro fissues in the muscle fibers, refilling glycogen reservoirs, and building up new proteins that your body can use next time. But be quick: Science shows that biking home and waiting for mama’s pasta (as good as it may be) will be too long to be useful for you. You have to give at least some key nutritients back within the first half hour. When you made you body smile, please continue to see you mum:)
As you can see from our ingredients list, we only use natural, high-quality and specially selected ingredients for our products.
For those of you who are particularly interested in nature’s little wonders, we have compiled a few interesting facts:
This sweet palm dweller harbours a lot of energy-rich sugars as well as various minerals such as potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron and calcium. In addition, dates contain vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, niacin, folic acid and also a little vitamin C.
More valuable than any muesli, dates promote physical strength and endurance. Their high sugar content consists of natural fruit sugars which the body can process much better than industrial sugar. The insulin level rises only slowly, so diabetics can also eat healthy with dates. The high proportion of fibre in dates supports the digestion and ensures lasting saturation.
Hemp proteins: In order to have at hand a vegan and at the same time effective protein source, we have asked the well-known hemp protein to help us. Its reputation changes with time and place, and perhaps also according to the political camp. Its health-positive properties, however, are certainly beyond doubt. Hemp contains a number of extremely important nutrients, and is therefore a particularly valuable source for vegan proteins. Hemp proteins belong to the fully utilizable proteins because they possess all eight essential amino acids in sufficient quantity to meet the needs of the organism. They are also particularly easy to digest, (in contrast to, for example, soy proteins), and are a source of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids in the optimum ratio of 3: 1.
Almonds and almond butter: Another tasty and top-notch source of (long-chained) carbs, proteins and a lot of minerals. And almond butter just makes for this perfect finish in terms of taste and texture.
Cranberries: A lot of vitamins and minerals; great natural taste too. Oh, some just call it superfood.
Coconut nectar: Our preferred source for carbs which are low on the glycaemic index (around 35). This way, this tasty nectar takes care that insulin levels are not suddenly hiking, which would result in low sugar levels. And….this nectar also contains all essential eight amino acids.
Fructose and maltodextrin: This is a great combination of quick response (fructose) and delivery of energy, plus stable supply and release of energy (maltodextrin)
Caffein: Not just good for coffe junkies. It is a true source of energy by itself, and promotes high levels of concentration (really cool if you can spot that little hold even after a long climb).
BCAA amino acids: Basically the essential parts of the foundation of your muscular tissue. They provide energy that the muscle cells can use, protect from muscular strains, and support the protein synthesis.