A great view isn't the only thing found on the summit of Mt. Fuji. Kafi Maloney Ealey, daughter of LoAdebar founder Norma Maloney, recently fulfilled a dream by reaching the top of Japan's highest mountain. Ealey, who is a brand ambassador for LoAdebar in Japan, made the climb with several others and shared the LoAdebar love on the very challenging endeavor. Having suffered altitude sickness 18 years prior in her first attempt to summit, she was determined to reach her goal of the top armed with a backpack full of provisions, oxygen, and of course, LoAdebars. The trek required 6.5 hours uphill, and then another 3 on the descent. While not nearly as dangerous an undertaking as Mt Everest, the thin atmosphere and rough terrain poses hazards of its own.

As Ealey was on the ascent, she encountered an exhausted fellow adventurer who had attempted to climb through the night, as many do, with the aspiration of reaching the summit for the sunrise. He was still two hours from the top and had been 17 hours into his climb when she reached him. His fatigue was apparent as he was draped over the lava rocks unable to go on. Offering what she could, Ealey shared a LoAdebar and an encouraging word. She was glad to hear later that he had made it to the summit.

She admits that the climb was brutal, but concedes "The view at the top however, was breathtaking. LoAdebar was a great snack to have during the climb and afterwards. It was robust enough to provide me with the energy I needed to keep going, but light enough that it didn't sit heavily in my stomach. It was also a great recovery snack. Climbing Mount Fuji was a memorable experience. There is a Japanese proverb that says: "He who climbs Mount Fuji is a wise man. He who climbs it twice is a fool." So I think it best to stop there and leave it at that."

Posted by Loadebar Admin | Topic: Inspirational

Ironman Muskoka 70.3

July 13th, 2016

July 10th was a busy day for the Maloney family. While daughter Kafi Maloney Ealey was busy summiting Mt Fuji across the globe, Ralston Maloney was contending against 9 other participants in his age group,65-69. His first attempt a year previous at a finish for an Ironman event had ended in disappointment as he was forced to drop out before the run due to severe dehydration at the end of the cycling portion.That race, Ironman Chattanooga, was a full Ironman distance, and run in his hometown. Maloney turned his disappointment into motivation and, set his sights on a half distance.

With family in Canada and some that flew in from Japan to support, Ralston received a hero’s welcome at the finish line. At 67, Maloney faced many challenges while training. Heat, a knee injury, and the theft of his bike just weeks before the event. The bike was later recovered and returned to Maloney in time for his trip to Canada. Despite a grueling workout schedule, a major diet change, and pain, Maloney accomplished his goal of crossing the finish line of Ironman 70.3 Muskoka Canada. Maloney credits his stamina and endurance to years of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and his love of biking. LoAdebars have always had a role in his on the go nutrition, and were especially important during his rigorous training for this event. Congratulations to Ralston Maloney on this major life accomplishment, and whatever is next for him in the future.

Posted by Loadebar Admin | Topic: Athlete Stories

The Chattanooga Waterfront Tri is one of the biggest Olympics in the southeast with over 900 participants. It is a 1 mile swim, 25 mile bike and a 6.2 mile run. Ralston Maloney got off to a rough start on the swim, but came back strong on the bike, and survived the run in scorching temperature. Well done Ralston! Checkout the photo album and short videos.


Posted by Loadebar Admin | Topic: Events