Back in June we received an update from PROBAR® climbing athlete Andy Raether. I recently had the chance to sit down and chat with Andy about what he’s been up to and was able to ask him a few questions about climbing and nutrition.
If you’ve got some follow up questions that you’d like to ask Andy, leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to have him reply. Thanks.
Q - How did you first find out about PROBAR®?
Andy – It was kind of random and honestly by accident. I was at the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City and one night one of my friends brought Art [the founder of PROBAR®] over to our hotel room. He was just hanging out for a while and I didn’t know he was Mr. PROBAR®. He asked if we wanted to try a PROBAR® and of course we said yes. So we went down to his car and he gave us a bag of bars. I’ve been hooked since then.
Q - What’s your favorite flavor?
Andy – Superfood Slam for sure.
Q -How often do you eat a PROBAR®?
Andy – I usually eat one for lunch each day and if I’m climbing I’ll generally eat one at the crag.
Q - When you’re out working on a hard climbing project, what kind of energy are you expelling and what kind of foods would you typically eat if you didn’t h?
Andy – When I’m trying a hard route I’ll usually warm up with something in the 5.13 range and then work up towards my 5.14b project and then warm down with another 14. When I’m finished for the day I’m completely wasted with nothing left. I’ve managed to get myself into pretty good shape so I’m able to recover pretty quickly
Q - How does PROBAR® and nutrition play into what you’re doing?
Andy - My mom is a dietitian and helps athletes train. One thing I’ve realized is that you can have really good nutrition without spending a lot of money by buying food in bulk and buying the right foods. Having PROBAR® as part of my diet it really adds a good balance of proteins, fats, carbohydrates…I mean it’s essentially real, quality food that you’re putting into your body.
Q -Have you been traveling much lately?
Andy – No, I’ve been climbing in Rifle a lot this summer. I’d travel more if I had the money to do so but I’m really psyched about what I’m doing in Rifle. There are some really good areas in Southern Nevada that have a lot of amazing routes and projects that I’d like to work n.
Q - One of the hardest routes that you’ve established in Rifle, Colorado was Stockboy. Has it been repeated?
Andy – No, it hasn’t been repeated but another route that I put up called Kuru received it’s second and third ascents this summer. It was cool to have them climb it and validate the difficulty of the route.
Q - Backing up a little bit, when did you start climbing and what did you like most about it?
Andy – I had been playing hockey for 8 years. Being from Minnesota everyone plays hockey. I really liked hockey but I just got tired of who I was playing with. For a couple of years before I started climbing though we would pick up Climbing Magazine and just look at it cause it was cool. The first year or so that I started I didn’t get really good but I sort of went crazy with hit and got better and better. Within a couple of years I was climbing 5.14a.
Q -Well, I appreciate chatting with you. We’ll check back soon.
Andy – Sounds great.