Author Archives: Dannielle Smith

Multi-Day Race Nutrition Made Easy

If you’re doing a multi-day race it can sometimes be difficult to figure out what food you will need to pack.

Multi-day races are physically and mentally demanding, so you need to be prepared with the proper nutrition to keep you going and help aid in recovery. We’ve helped runners with their nutrition who have competed in Fire and Ice Ultra, Marathon des Sables, Annapurna Ultra and similar multi-day events.

We help take the guesswork out with our 24 hour packs, which include all the nutrition you need and some extras you might want. Bringing you the highest energy, lowest weight & most compact size possible, a sample pack includes 2 different kinds of high energy 800kcal food packs, a breakfast and a dinner, such as our chicken pasta and vegetables, a deluxe expedition brew pack, cliff bar and shot blocks, and an Extreme Ultra Fuel 4:1 Energy, Endurance, Electrolyte and Protein recovery. These packs total 2,400kcal, give or take depending on flavours.

You can choose to pick your own variations and flavours from our online store, or choose one of our packs already put together for you. We have both vegetarian and meat options so there’s something for everyone.

What You Need to Know About Creatine

Creatine is one of the most well-researched supplements proving its effectiveness in performance benefits, aiding in workout recovery, and helps with muscle building.

Creatine is a peptide molecule that the human body can use for energy.Muscles need fuel to work. Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is the primary source of energy for cells. ATP comes from a variety of sources, including sugars like glucose.

Some activities, like lifting weights, quickly use up ATP. Exhausted ATP becomes adenosine diphosphate (ADP). Since creatine is stored in the body as creatine phosphate, it can provide a phosphate group for the ADP, which quickly regenerates the ADP into emergency ATP.

Creatine is a good source of energy because it kicks in when your body needs it.

Creatine 100% pure Creapure® from Go Protein is the most effective ergogenic supplement currently available to athletes in terms of increasing high-intensity exercise capacity and lean body mass during training. It is one of the most important building stones in our muscles.

Creatine is a non-essential nitrogenous organic acid and it is also synthesised in the human body from L-arginine, glycine and L-methionine. Approximately 95 % of  the creatine pool in the body is located in skeletal muscle.

Creatine supplementation isn’t just beneficial for getting a few more reps under the bar. The latest research shows it can have a positive effect in a lot of places, including helping with Neurological diseases, diabetes, improving cognition, and more.

These health benefits are just the tip of the iceberg. Research on creatine  continues because it affects everything that goes on in your body. Creatine supplementation is safe, effective, making it worthwhile to take every day.


Immufix Immune Support

Immufix, previously known as Breakthrough, was developed for Sir Ranulph Fiennes to boost his immune system and energy levels and was later used by Paula Radcliffe who called it her ‘key prop’ during her tremendously successful career.

Immufix is a powerful high-dose complete food supplement in powder form made with high concentrations of nutrients that help to maintain a healthy and strong immune system. It contains vitamins, minerals and supplements to ensure optimal function of the body and the immune system.

Today it is the basis of each one of the athletes and professional adventurer we look after. A must for anyone who is involved in sports and expeditions on a professional level.

If you want to discuss how to incorporate Immufix into your routine, our experts are always on hand to help. Email us at or phone 0845 094 1700

Nepalese Sherpa’s Physiology Gives them Altitude Advantages

A new study shows that the physiological makeup of Sherpas in Nepal actually gives them a huge advantage over anyone else attempting to summit mountains at high altitudes. It’s long been suspected that populations of people who live in the mountains must have a different genetic makeup to be able to cope with the changing air supply, especially those who live in the Himalayas.

The study found that Sherpas have thinner blood meaning they have a reduced capacity for oxygen and that the blood flows easier and puts less strain on the heart. While the European researchers and the Sherpas were in the mountains, they also tested fresh muscle tissue. The tests showed that “the Sherpas’ tissue was able to make much better use of oxygen by limiting the amount of body fat burned and maximising the glucose consumption. In other words, by preferentially burning body sugar rather than body fat, the Sherpas can get more calories per unit of oxygen breathed.”

When more tests were carried out in Cambridge a genetic variation was discovered. The Sherpas had a gene that altered the way fats are burned. Even more interesting, all of the Sherpas carried the glucose-favouring variant of the gene and yet almost none of the lowland volunteers participating in the study did. While the gene gives them a definite advantage, other factors such as a richer capillary network to improve blood flow are present and helps them cope with high altitudes.

More details and the full study can be found here.

Giving talks on Expedition Food

Last week we went to Caistor Grammar School to talk to their Duke of Edinburgh Award’s Scheme Gold about expedition food. How best to use expedition food and what sorts of things you should be packing for your expeditions to ensure you’re getting the best nutrition and energy possible.

If you’d like us to give any presentations for your organisation, contact us and we will see what we can do to arrange it!

Natalie Thomas and the Me-Mover Challenge

Natalie Thomas is a British elite triathlete participating in a unique new challenge. She is riding a Me-Mover FIT 1800 km across Europe to not only show how fun being fit and active can be, but to raise money for Diabetes UK and the Danish Diabetes Association. What is a Me-Mover you may be asking? It looks similar to a scooter, but is a more like a three wheeled bike that uses your stepping actions to propel it forward giving you an intense full body workout.

She is well on her way now, but started in Copenhagen, Denmark and is travelling through Northern Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, and will be finishing in Lausanne Switzerland. She is on her own, carrying her food and staying in hostels and B&B’s along the way.

As you can imagine, there isn’t a lot of space to store things on such a small bike! A huge benefit of our low weight, smaller sized packs is that you can fit more food in and get more energy to fuel you on your journey. Natalie has packed and is eating our freeze dried main meals at the end of her days so she can get more Kcals, carbs and more in while not sacrificing a lot of space in her packs on the Me-Mover.

To follow along on Natalie’s challenge or to donate follow along on her twitter account

For help with nutrition on your own adventure, contact us for a personalised nutrition plan.

Talisker Atlantic Challenge 2016

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The Talisker Atlantic Challenge 2016 will be taking place from the 15th of December with boats being single rowers, teams of two or four.

Rowers will row 3,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean in 40-90 days. No outside assistance is allowed, and each team must carry their own safety and medical equipment, cooking gas and all their food for the entire crossing.

Our great range of freeze dried meals are perfect to pack for this challenge as they are high energy and low weight. With some of our meals being 800-1000 calories, they are great for fuelling rowers in extreme challenges like this one. Choose from a range of meat and vegetation options, and don’t forget your breakfast!

Want help putting together your nutrition packs? Contact us today for expert advice. Find out more about the Talisker Atlantic Challenge here.


Sherpa Healthcare

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We have built a relationship with Karma Sherpa and followed along on his numerous adventures and Everest Climbs. He started Sherpa Healthcare to “provide primary healthcare facilities to a very remote area of Sotang 6, Solukhumbu Nepal. Sherpa Healthcare Nepal achieves its mission by providing primary healthcare, community education, and income generation programs that enable poor people to be self-supporting in the long-term.” (Excerpt from Sherpa Healthcare Website)

Reaching these remote places is often very difficult, and can be costly, so Karma Sherpa started this organisation to help those in need. Watch the video above and visit their website to find out more and how you can help.

Karma Sherpa’s Recent Everest Trip

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Here are a few of the latest photos from Karma Sherpa’s most recent everest trip. He has been making his way back down, there was no summit this time. One of his clients had a problem and Karma had to bring him down. They were not that far from the top, but the top is only halfway, something that is forgotten by many that give everything to get to the top, and dont have enough energy left to get back down.

Hiring an experienced guide is crucial to safety when attempting to summit Everest, and every precaution is taken to ensure everyone is able to safely get up the mountain and back down. It’s no small feat, a big well done to everyone who went on this trip!

As well as being an experienced Everest guide, Karma is the chairman of Sherpa Healthcare, an organisation who’s aim is to provide medical care and resources to remote villages in Sotang-6, Solukhumbu Nepal.

Everest Base Camp

EBC 2 EBCThese photos were taken today at Everest Base Camp (EBC) on Karma Sherpa and his client’s trip to the summit of Everest.

Climbers typically stop off and rest at EBC for several days in order to acclimatise to the weather and altitude to reduce the risks of altitude sickness. Supplies are brought to the North and South base camps by Sherpas often with the help of animals as there is limited to no road access, especially during the winter months.