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How To Climb On A Dime

HOW TO CLIMB ON A DIME by Mark Evans For many, climbing can be an expensive hobby. Climbing is a gear-intensive activity, requiring shoes, ropes, harnesses, gear, gym memberships, guide books, etc. And if you're anything like me, you probably don't have mountains of cash lying around that you can just spend willy-nilly! So, I'd like to share are a few ideas that might make the transition into the climbing world a little less painful. CONSIDER BOULDERING If you know me personally, you're probably thinking: "WHAT?! Did he just suggest bouldering?!? I thought he never boulders?!" Well, never is a strong word, although I do personally find my passion in other aspects of climbing. But when it comes down to...

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Eating Crickets in Moab

Eating insects is easy: start with crickets! Entomophagy: the practice of eating insects Utah was put on the map when our founder Pat Crowley pitched edible cricket flour as an alternative protein source. This disrupted previously well-defined relationships in the food industry. Eklecticafe in Moab quickly became one of our top supporters. Meandering through Utah's vast variety of landscapes often leads to the town of Moab. Known for its hot desert landscape, unparalleled sunsets, sandstone arches, and expansive towers, it brings a heavy flow of tourist traffic.   Open only for breakfast and lunch, Eklectic is the hot spot for an early bite before hitting the trails. Don't let the line out the door deter you. The turnaround time is astonishingly fast and there is...

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What Happens When Consumers See “cricket flour” On A Label?

Cricket Flour on a Label? The Outcome Is Not What You Would Expect: What happens when Western food marketers blend novel food items, such as insect protein, with more commonly accepted ingredients? A recent study suggests that may be an effective strategy. Researchers from the Division of Human Nutrition at the Wageningen University in The Netherlands recently investigated the extent to which consuming novel food ingredients, such as insects, is shaped by beliefs held by a consumer before they ever eat the actual product. What they found has implications for marketers and producers of novel food products in Western countries. Hui Shan Grace Tan, Claudia Joyce Tibboel, and Markus Stieger jointly published the study, “Why do unusual novel foods like...

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The Anatomy of a Cricket Through the Eyes of a Storm Trooper. The Thorax.

In part one of my Alaskan travel narrative,  “The Head and the vision,” I explained how being trapped in a tent led to comparing my trip with the anatomy of a cricket. In part two, I circle back to how this trip was planned. A cricket’s thorax is quite complex. It is made up of three segments, three pairs of legs and two pairs of wings. The pre-trip planning of an expedition is just as complex. Just as a cricket relies on six appendages to move, our expedition crew consisted of six people, each imperative to progress and success. We all had to communicate and plan for the same outcome. Add a language barrier of four French men to two...

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Eating The New Chaco Cricket Bar In Every Environment

Chaco Bar: Peanut Butter and Chocolate The reformulation of the Chaco Bar recipe best serves just about anyone interested in eating crickets or rather any complete protein energy food. At 220 calories, only 8 grams of sugar and now 10 grams of protein the Chaco bar is my energy bar of choice, both during and after workouts for quick calorie consumption. It is a quick boost for fast calories. The Protein Bar that does not Freeze hard when in cold alpine temperatures! I pack the Chaco Bar because it is easily palatable and everyone likes the taste. Sharing with friends in the backcountry is made easy. I have been looking for a bar that does not get hard when I...

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