Low waste rock climbing

I’ll be taking my first outdoor rock climbing trip since going zero plastic this weekend. I’ve made sure that I took as many steps as possible to ensure I am comitting to low waste rock climbing through my trip.

If you too like climbing and are looking for ways to be a more eco-friendly climber here’s a look into how I’m preparing for my trip.

Low waste rock climbing backpack

Everything in my backpack is reusable and useful during my trip. I’ve had the flipflops for over 10 years and they are still going strong. (And they were just under $3 from Forever21.)

I’ve made some recent (and some not so recent) swaps that are simple and easy.

How to eat low waste while climbing

Packing your meals low waste

Take a reuseable lunch bag with you that can fit all of the food that you will need while climbing. I love the bag from Fit & Fresh. They comes with some reusable containers, a freezeable disk, and a reusable water bottle.

My style is no longer available by here are some other great ones:

I also use these reusable containers from Sistema to bring condiments along:

What to eat during your climbing trip

Fill them up with everything that you need for your trip. A bit of planning is needed because my might need to go to multiple locations to get everything you need. I visited my local bulk store, butcher shop, bakery, and fruit & veggies shop to stock up for the trip.

Here’s my grocery list:


  • Yogurt (in glass bottles)
  • Granola
  • Mini-muffins
  • Mandarins


  • Dried meat
  • Cheese
  • Nuts, dried fruit & chocolate (for snacking)
  • Crackers
  • Mini-muffins
  • Bread
  • Pasta


  • Pasta
  • Chorizo
  • Lettuce
  • Avocado


  • Salt & pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Vinegar

Low waste utensils and other needs

To eat at the mountain you will need a set of reusable utensils. I love this metal Nigiri Cutlery set and Opinel Locking Trekking Knife. It’s light way, compact and durable.

Be sure to pack cloth napkins. Instead of taking my nice linen, I invested in a roll of cotton dinner napkins. They do the job and are washable. And they come in a whole slew of colors.

Lastly, carry a collapsible water. They are light weight and can be easily stored when you are finished drinking. These hold from 650ml to 1L of water:

Now all you need is your climbing gear and you’re ready to go! What do you take with you climbing that helps reduce waste?

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