GOAL: To give rock climbers practical sport nutrition for at the gym or at the crag.


E-mail your questions and comments to: onsitenutrition@gmail.com

Oct 30, 2008

Nutrition Research Survey!!!



As you may have noticed, there is very little scientifically based nutrition information out there targeted specifically at rock climbers. I am trying to change that, and hope you will help!

In order to figure out what future research needs to be done in nutrition in rock climbers, and to determine what nutrition information rock climbers need, I am doing a survey research study!

My research study is formally entitled “Food motives and typical food choices while living at home versus during outdoor rock climbing trips”. Oof! Quite the mouthful! Basically, with this study I am hoping to find out what foods and drink rock climbers choose, why they choose those foods and drink, and how this might change when climbers go on outdoor rock climbing and camping trips. The information gathered from this study will help decide future research. It will also help figure out what nutrition issues climbers may have, what nutrition information they need and how to best give them this information.

This study is an online survey. You may participate if you are between the ages of 18 and 55 and have been on at least one rock climbing and camping trip of at least 5 days duration within the past year. The survey is open to all Canadian and US residents. Your answers will be kept confidential and at no point will you be asked to give identifying information, ie. you will never need to give your name, address, phone number, e-mail, etc. Also, an ethics committee at the University of Manitoba approved the study.

You have until January 23rd 2009 to complete the survey.

TO TAKE THE SURVEY click here.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me or my supervisor:
Krystal Merrells: KJMnutrition@gmail.com
Dr. Miyoung Suh:

You can also visit Dr. Suh's University of Manitoba webpage by clicking here. Or, visit the study's webpage by clicking here.

STAY TUNED to this blog! By May 2009, I hope to have all of the data put together and summarized on this blog so that you can see the results of the study.

Thank you for your participation!

Krystal Merrells