In the March edition of TGO there was an article on what to take in the way of nutritious food on the hill. I was wondering if in future such articles might include a little more advice. Recently a friend and I were on a walk in the Lake District. We weren't as fit as we thought we were and the route was steep with a rocky ascent alongside a gill. The trouble was the gill and it's immediate surroundings were largley covered in snow that was frozen and hard as iron. With no crampons and ice axe we had to avoid the snow and contour round the hill before we hit another snowfield. We tried climbing up a clitter slope to find a crossing higher up with no success. As time was getting on we abandoned the walk and started down the slope. The slope was steep enough and rocky enough with loose scree that we had to use the heather as a ladder to help us down.By the time we got to the bottom of the slope I was exhausted and we stopped for a break.
What surprised me was that despite what was intended to be a late lunch break, withall the exertion I couldn't face my food and despite my concerns that I might be dehydrated I didn't drink much.Clearly my system was stressed. What could I have done to improve my situation? I don't suppose this is a common situation but if anyone could include points like this in an article say on nutrition it would be useful. My friend and I stopped again about forty-five minutes later for another break and by then I could drink more and I ate something. By the time we got back to our B&B I could detect very litle sign of dehydration but my appetite remained below paruntil the following day.