REGULATE WATER INTAKE TO SAVE WEIGHT
The next time you see a climber hauling a gallon jug to the crag, consider this: Depending on how long he’s out, drinking that much water could cause more harm than good. While most of us worry about dehydration, overhydration can lead to a throbbing headache, nausea, muscle spasms, cramps, and in a worst-case scenario, brain swelling or a coma. Plus, a gallon of water weighs more than 8 pounds. Preparing your climbing gear for a day at the crag isn’t guesswork, and calculating the amount of fluids you need shouldn’t be either. To keep your head from swimming over the art of proper hydration, read the tips below on how to maintain optimal hydration.