Climbers Summit – Nutrition for Climbers

Thursday 20th February 2020. 7:00pm
Studio, Nevis Centre

Nutrition for Climbers

with Rebecca Dent, Sarah Kekus & Mina Leslie-Wujastyk

Hosted by Mike Pescod

Rebecca Dent

Rebecca Dent High Performance Dietitian (Registered Dietitian, BSc, MSc, Nutrition Diploma with the International Olympic Committee).

Rebecca is based in Chamonix, the French Alps where she runs her own business specialising in providing a nutrition service to endurance and adventure sports; including mountaineers, alpinists, mountain guides, ultra runners, ironman triathletes, climbers, ski touring, expeditions.

Rebecca’s career spans over 15 years in health and sport. Her journey started in the NHS where she specialised in weight management and working in the area of bariatric surgery. Following completing her MSc in sports nutrition in 2006, Rebecca headed into the mountains of Chamonix to work with enthusiastic young ski racers at the British Ski Academy. This led her to becoming a performance nutritionist at the high performance epicentre, Sport Scotland Institute of Sport (SIS), working with national and Olympic athletes. In 2010 Rebecca fulfilled a career ambition by supporting athletes towards the Vancouver Winter Olympics. During her time at the SIS Rebecca gained a sports nutrition diploma with the International Olympic Committee. Recognising the deficiency of sound science based nutrition practices in outdoor and adventure sports, in 2011 Rebecca set up her own business in this field.

Rebecca’s CV includes;

  • A part of the GB Climbing Performance Team working with Shauna Coxsey towards the Tokyo Summer Olympics in 2020.
  • Providing nutrition support to the aspirant GB climbing athletes.
  • Partnered with Uphill Athlete who’s co-founders are Steve House, world renowned alpinist and Olympic Coach Scott Johnson providing custom nutrition plans to Uphill Athletes.
  • Provided nutrition support to Paul Tierney for his recording breaking attempt at the Wainwrights in the Lake District.
  • World champion Ultra Runner William Sichel.
  • GB age group category triathletes.

Rebecca has featured in runners world, national geographic magazine, rock and ice, climb magazine, BMC summit magazine. And has most recently presented workshops for the Arc’teryx Alpine Academy, British Mountain Guide Association, BMC Climbing Injury Symposium with forthcoming events at the Women’s Climbing Symposium and the Fort William Mountain Festival.

Rebecca is passionate about her role and enjoys working with athletes of all levels from the recreational participant to world class level.

Rebecca not only prides herself on remaining up to date with the latest nutrition science and applied nutrition strategies but also where possible puts herself in the shoes of her clients to gain a better understanding of the practical nutrition aspects required. She is able to cut through the nutrition mis-information out there, giving informed, clear and easy to understand advice.

Sarah Kekus

From an early age Sarah has been curious about ways of maintaining a healthy equilibrium through diet, lifestyle choices, movement and self-awareness. She was initially drawn to working in the outdoor environment and was one of the few, very early women Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructors (WMCI); for many years she juggled this with the pressures of corporate life. After a period in a particularly “full-on” role, where she frequently claimed that she “thrived on stress”, she finally took the decision to leave the corporate world behind and retrain.

Ten years on Sarah is an experienced Nutritional Therapist, Senior Yoga Teacher and sought-after wellness coach. Following independent research for her MSc, investigating GI disturbance amongst female athletes, she has developed a special interest in gastro-intestinal and hormonal health; she is particularly interested in the additional challenges to female health presented by extreme and/or endurance sport.

Sarah brings together all her life experiences to support her clients intuitively and compassionately. She seeks to empower and inspire all those she works with to embrace the self-care they need to help themselves heal.

As ever, she is interested in working with the whole body, so she has also developed yoga classes for sport that focus on functional movement designed to support the athletic body and improve sports performance. Find out more at:

Mina Leslie-Wujastyk

Mina is UK-based and has been climbing for over 20 years with periods of time dedicated to bouldering, competition climbing and hard sport climbing as well as a spot of trad here and there. She has travelled to many climbing areas worldwide with ascents ranging from f8c routes to boulders up to Font 8B. Her main passion is to be challenged and to learn and these lessons come in many forms; from experiential learning through the challenges presented by hard climbs to the more academic learning pursuits. Mina has an undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy, a post grad certification in Counselling and Psychotherapy and, more recently, has certified in Nutrition. She is currently on a huge personal and professional learning curve due to a recent diagnosis of Functional Hypothalamic Amenorrhoea caused by Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport which has big implications for nutrition and exercise.