As an avid rock climber (currently on hiatus due to a foot surgery), all of my dietary choices are contextualized by how they will affect my performance in my favorite hobby. Compared to other athletes, climbers have contradictory body goals: climbing requires immense physical strength, but every additional pound is weight that must be hauled up the wall, making movement more difficult. In essence, climbers must strike a balance between being as light and as muscular as possible (which is hard, because muscle is heavy).
Me climbing in gorgeous northern Utah
ClimbingNutrition.com is my go-to blog for dietary advice. My favorite aspect of the blog is that it knows what it is: it is a blog about nutrition for climbers. That’s it. It doesn’t explore good places to go climbing. It doesn’t talk safety gear ratings. It doesn’t review climbing movies. Whenever I am in the mood to get some good advice about diet, I know that I can count on this blog to deliver without any of the fluff.
Climbing Nutrition’s articles strike a fantastic balance between brevity and depth. I appreciate being able to get their bare-bones deductions after researching a topic, or, if I’m feeling ambitious, to be able to dive into the cited studies to come to my own conclusions. They never stray from their target audience: Climbing Nutrition knows that its readers are probably on their way to or from the wall. The writers aren’t afraid to throw in climbing jargon like “project”, “crux”, “pump”, or “crimp”, assuming that the readers use those same terms frequently. While it might be alienating to new readers, communicating with jargon is extremely efficient within a target audience.
As a bonus, the layout is phenomenal. Go on, check it out.
The toolbar at the top breaks the “Diet Information” tab into the most popular subsections (carbs, protein, vitamins, fats) for quick access, and the “Supplement Information” tab is broken neatly into popular variants of climbing with different dietary needs (bouldering requires more strength, sport climbing requires more endurance). The homepage is very clean and dynamic; content will expand as the mouse moves overhead, and nothing feels overly cluttered. What I especially like are the thumbnail images, each of which is branded with text clarifying the article to follow.
Go check it out if you’re an aspiring climber or a vet looking to snap your plateau. They have some good stuff! I should say “he”; the entire site is run by one guy.
The best part? I’m 95% sure this is a WordPress blog. Goals, right?