Even if you’re not familiar with the term “hangry”, I guarantee you’ve experienced it at some point in your life. In simplest terms, being hangry is when your hunger takes a turn for the worst and results in anger (hungry + angry = hangry). Â Somehow this has become a common theme in my life in the past few years. I imagine that the potential for “hanger” has always been there. It’s just the fact that for much of my childhood and adolescence my mom always happened to have an apple or some crackers tucked in her purse to prevent unpleasant hunger-induced melt-downs. And throughout my college years there was always a meal-plan in place or a roommate’s stash of food that I could “borrow” when desperate for a snack.
However, as I’ve grown up, (and have had to take on tasks such as feeding myself and buying groceries) I’ve become intimately acquainted with hangry behavior, and I can spot the onset from a mile away. This is partly because I’m quite susceptible to getting hangry myself, and partly because I spend a lot of time in the woods with my boyfriend (well, now pre-husband), Scott. We like to do a fair amount of adventuring, and so we are often outside for a large majority of the day doing active things that tend to burn through calories. When we first began spending time together, there was occasional confusion–“Oh. I thought you said you were going to pack lunch.”– which resulted in severe hanger after trying to climb all day on a banana and a cup of coffee. But after a while, and a few near “backcountry break-ups” based on that scenario, I now religiously keep a stash of emergency “Hanger Prevention Bars” (a.k.a. Tram Bars) in my pack. Somehow, my boyfriend hasn’t quite caught on.
To his credit, he will remember everything else that we need to bring, from specialized repair kits to camping permits, but sometimes food just isnâ€™t as high on the priority list as, say, and extra set of ice screws. Luckily, after learning my lesson one too many times, Â itâ€™s at the tip-top of my list! For example, last week he got a last minute call to go ice climbing near Dubois, Wyoming. Â I watched him frantically and ecstatically tear around the house packing his gear up to be able to leave the house by 6am. Being that my priorities are what they are (and the fact that I work for Kateâ€™s), in my half-asleep state I managed to hand over two Tram Bars for him to put in his pack, â€œjust in caseâ€. Thanking me, he bolted out the door and didnâ€™t return until late that evening.
After Scott had driven two hours to the trail head, hiked the two hour approach to the base of the climb, climbed three pitches, and then reversed the process, upon arriving home he admitted that in his haste he had neglected to pack any food. He had only eaten two Tram Bars for the entire day! Â The good news is that the Tram Bars did the trick and he was astounded by the energy he had despite not having anything else to eat, and he reported that he didnâ€™t even get hangry! Since ice climbing is a) really cold, b) strenuous and c) often involves long days with heavy packs, you burn through a significant amount of calories during the day. The fact that two Tram Bars kept him fueled AND happy all day is quite impressive!
If you want to check out the addicting taste and lasting energy of Kate’s Tram Bars in action, check out the Southfork Ice Festival in Cody, Wyoming this weekend. You, too, can claw/shimmy your way up a waterfall popsicle while getting advice from the pros, testing new equipment and eating Tram Bars to ward off the “hanger”…There’s a reason they call it the “friendliest little ice festival in the Northern Rockies”!