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Vegan Snacks & Bars for Mountain Climbing

So guys, I did a thing. A big thing. A thing that I am so proud of myself for accomplishing that I just can’t contain myself.

I climbed a mountain….again (technically).

A few years ago me and Cos (my husband) hiked from Peștera to Babele on one of our first trips in Romania. I had never climbed anything other than a few hills during my time in Germany and this was hard. I had only been vegan for about a year and I was still close to 100kg in weight, but I did it. I made the whole hike without using a telecabina (gondola in English) or calling out for the Mountain Rescue crew.

Before going vegan and taking control of my health and my life, I was a mess. 127kg at the fattest ever and mostly sedentary, typing away on my laptop as my romance author penname, N.D. Jackson. And now, 5 years after cleansing the animals from my diet and my life, I was able to do this. THIS BIG THING!!!

And there at Babele, staring at the Sphinx I decided that I would make my way to Caraiman Peak. It was a totally arbitrary decision and location but for me it was just a test or a milestone to see if I was fit enough and brave enough to do it.

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And then the pandemic happened.

And then 2022 came upon us and I just knew this was my year.

And it was.

July 2022, to be exact, was the month that I did a trip far longer than Babele and up to the actual top of a real mountain.

To do this properly you need the right equipment of course, including a solid pair of broken-in hiking boots, a windbreaker and trekking sticks. But what you also need is the right fuel, which for animal eaters can be fairly easy to find.

For vegans? Not so much. But after a few trips to different grocery and health food stores in town, I found a few options.

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