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  • Utah Rock Climbing

    Jackie Hueftle -- Vitalyte Brand Ambassador

    I recently celebrated my 32nd birthday. This birthday was special for me in a few ways, perhaps mostly because now I have been climbing for half my life. As noted in my previous post I began climbing around my 16th birthday. Since then climbing has become the center around which my life revolves.

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    In the end of March I flew to Las Vegas to meet up with my boyfriend Chris and attend the Red Rocks Rendezvous. In this annual event pro climbers teach clinics on all aspects ofclimbing, and Chris was scheduled to teach several bouldering clinics. Even though I live in dry Colorado, the Vegas desert is even drier and more demanding and I was grateful I’d packed some Vitalyte to keep me hydrated when we went bouldering and taught clinics in Calico Basin.

    From Vegas we headed to Zion National Park in Utah. Zion is a dramatic and beautiful canyon full of stunning red sandstone walls that seem to reach to the sky. I’d never been to Zion and I wanted to see something new for my birthday so we drove out there and explored the canyon before spending a the night in the very full campground with some friendly Coloradans who offered to share their site with us.

    The next day was cold and windy with a prediction of rain or snow so we bid adieu to our new friends and drove out the other end of Zion toward Bryce Canyon National Park.

    IMG_9511I grew up reading Edward Abbey novels and though I’ve spent time around Moab, Lake Powell, and Indian Creek, I’d never actually seen the rest of Southern Utah that I’ve read so much about. Bryce Canyon’s first overlook is the stunning Bryce Amphitheater (PIC), and were it a bit warmer we would have liked to explore it. As it was we decided to continue on and took the scenic Highway 12 north and east toward Capital Reef National Park.

    There’s a lot of beautiful land in Utah and the rock formations in and out of the parks were extraordinary. We saw petroglyphs, pictographs, ancient and still-operating ranches, rivers, and lots and lots of crazy rock formations. As climbers, there was potential everywhere. As travelers, we were glad to have Vitalyte to drink because it’s easy to get dehydrated on long car rides and Vitalyte is a quick and tasty way to get yourself back on the right side of hydration.

    IMG_9489Finally we ended up in the mountains where we had a somewhat scary drive through a snowstorm on a muddy ranch road and found some great camping and climbing high above the valley floor. We enjoyed a few days of complete isolation in which we saw nobody and didn’t even have cell service as we explored the boulders. The weather was mixed, with several snowstorms blowing through and blue skies in between. The wind was taxing on the middle day, and in the afternoon we were forced to retreat to the car where we ate soup and drank Vitalyte as an afternoon snack to help us recover from the harsh conditions. The last day in the mountains was the worst weather-wise, and instead of staying the night and risking getting suck on the muddy road again we packed up during a dry spell and bailed to the nearest burger stand. From there we drove to a camp spot we know, low and dry, and then the next morning home to Boulder. All in all it was a great birthday week. I saw lots of new things, did some climbing, and had a nice vacation from work and from my cell phone. Now I’m back home and back at work, but I can’t wait for my next adventure!

  • Meet Brand Ambassador Karl Rittger

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    Karl Rittger is from Hunterdon County, New Jersey where he was voted most athletic for 4 years in high school where he wrestled, played football and lacrosse. He attended Brown University in Providence Rhode Island where he received a Bachelor of Science in Geology/Physics - Mathematics. At Brown he wrestled Division I and his senior year he was a NCAA qualifier. After Brown, Karl moved to Vail, Colorado where he lived the ski bum life. He skied over 100 days a year before moving to Santa Barbara where he earned his Masters and PhD in Environmental Science and Management studying snow hydrology. Currently he works at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.
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    With his free time Karl mountain bikes, rock climbs, and snowboards/skies both inbounds and in the back country. He has recently started racing mountain bikes. Karl enjoys both sport climbing and traditional climbing but his favorite is multi pitch traditional climbing. Skiing provides both a recreational activity for Karl as well as allowing him to do field work related to his job.
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    For climbing Karl always throws a few Vitalyte raspberry chia surges in his pack along with a few peanut butter chocolate chia bars. He's been known to pass them out to bonking climbers. Before racing Karl fuels up mandarin orange tri-phase endurance while sipping on natural lemonade electrolyte replacement during the race.
  • Team Vitalyte's Soren Thompson Goes to Columbia!

    Competing in 95 degree temperatures with 95% percent humidity was a tough test, but Vitalyte helped me once again.  At the recent Pan Am Zonal Fencing Championships in Cartagena, Columbia I won my fifth medal in three years.  Thank you Vitalyte Original Citrus and Chia Surge!

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  • The Surf City Marathon: A Lesson.

    By Laura Conley

    The Surf City Half Marathon was a big lesson for me!  I learned to listen to my body and give it more than enough rest!!!  I had been sick the week prior to the race with the stomach flu and after drinking lots of Vitalyte to replace electrolytes and fluid lost I thought I was better. I knew that my digestive system was still not quite right, but I thought I could push through and be ok. Long story short - boy was I WRONG!!!  I started out the race very conservatively and then picked up the pace as the miles flew by.  Around mile 6-7 though, my stomach decided that enough was enough!  I started cramping and having to make frequent bathroom visits.  I think the running really churned things up in my gut all over again.  I was so disappointed that I couldn't keep running strong, but I never quit.  I just kept jogging/walking/bathroom visiting until I reached the finish line.  By some miracle I finished in about 1:30ish!  Still, I will always remember that race because it was a reminder that I am human and I should listen to the my body when it needs to rest.  I can't wait to come back next year nice and healthy to race a new Personal Record!!! :)

  • Vitalyte Powers My Training At Work and At Play….

    By Jeff Foy - Brand Ambassadorimg_2689

    Part 1

    I was introduced to Vitalyte a couple months ago when my fire department decided to make a switch from our old electrolyte replacement to a healthier option and Vitalyte fit that need. I was using the single serve sticks and definitely seeing results, without all the side effects and crashes other products offer. I hadn’t done any research as to how it all worked - I just knew I felt better.

    I finally decided I wanted to learn more and it was just in time. The following weekend headed out to the Desert to attend a rescue class on the river in 110+ degree weather. Lucky me. I went to a local Vitalyte retailer and stocked up on Chia Surge, Tri-Phase and Complete Recovery. The class went from first thing in the morning until after midnight the first day and all day the second. I’m convinced that my ability to keep from keeling over directly correlates with my use of Vitalyte.

    You can guess that, as a firefighter, we participate in pretty intense physical training on a regular basis. We spend between 4-8 hours a day of training. Just doing our job alone is draining, but add all the protective gear in addition to the heat, and you can infer the importance of staying on top of our electrolyte balance. My crew and I go through 1-3 stick packs per day, per person, depending on the intensity of the climate. From climbing a 107-foot ladder to training for wildfires, stick packs and chia surge have become the staples to keep us going.

    As for our fitness at work, it can last up to 2 hours; lifting weights, followed by either a few mile run or putting our bikes on stationary trainers and riding for 30-60 min. We follow all that up with circuit training using body weight exercises, kettle bells, tractor tires and sledge hammers. I think I need a chia surge just thinking about doing all that. I like to take Tri-Phase about 30 min before we start, I have a water bottle or 2 filled with a stick packs (lately grape or lemonade) that I drink throughout the workout, and lastly I usually have a chia surge in the middle of the cardio portion of our training. Of course post training I include complete recovery.

    I have noticed a significant difference in my training at work and at play and I thank Vitalyte for the positive change.

    Stay tuned for part 2

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