Cragies and Snackies

After a day of hard climbing or recreating, the stoke remains, but the body is running on fumes.  Exercise related heat exhaustion can wreak havoc on our ability to make important decisions.  Not everyone is willing to admit that exhaustion is setting in and often times they will just try to work through it.1  

theDIHEDRAL is here to help!

You’re the one who’s climbed hard or hiked hard or just simply worked up an appetite, your blood sugar is low, and YOU. ARE. TIRED.  You can’t be tasked with what to eat or where to go, you can barely respond to simple questions without snapping at your interlocutors.

This is where we come in with a new series of posts highlighting our picks for restaurants, bakeries, diners, and general eateries near crags around the globe.  Our recommendations will be limited to locally owned businesses, because your unique and memorable adventures call for unique and memorable noms.

Location: Grand Ledge, MI – I picked a crag in my home state to start off the series.

Crag: Grand Ledge (Oak Park) 

Restaurant: Flour Child Bakery and Café

Distance: 0.8 Miles Away

This place is perfect for both pre and post sends.  Get on belay with locally roasted coffee and sweeten the climb with some from scratch pastries. The bakery items are pieces of artwork.  Flour Child has been named Lansing areas best bakery and the bagels have been voted Lansing’s best as well.  When you finish the climbs make sure to whip in for dinner where you’ll find fresh soups, wraps, and sandwiches (vegan options included).  Top out with one last dessert for the trip home while you reminisce about the routes, rock out to the playlist, and scarf down that last buckeye! 

We asked Flour Child Owner Beth Augustine for a short description of her beautiful bakery…

Our bakery cafe offers a wide range of from scratch croissants, pastries, cookies and more. 

Our breakfast sandwiches, lunch sandwiches wraps, salads, and of course our award winning bagels topped with house blended cream cheeses are sure to keep climbers energized all day.

Everything is made fresh from scratch daily and we use seasonal local produce from Hillcrest Farms as much as possible. 

We also offer vegan, GF, and DF items daily, but have the most specialty diet items on Wheatless Wednesdays.

Need a packable high protein high energy snack? Try our GF energy balls and GF granola bars. 

Our bakery was voted best in the Lansing Area in 2020 The City Pulse’s Top of the Town awards. 

Stop by and try our hand crafted fresh squeezed lemonades, MadCap coffee, lattes, and more. 

A taste adventure awaits you 🙂

Happy climbing!!

Beth Augustine 


So, if you are ever climbing in Grand Ledge, or just passing through, make sure to add this stop to the list.  You won’t be disappointed!

  1. This is the same intro from Heat Exhaustion taken in the originally intended direction.
  2. PLEASE Keep us posted if you live near some rocks and want us to shine a light on some local eats near you!  PLEASE!

12 Replies to “Cragies and Snackies”

  1. One day, without planning it, Molly (malamute Aussie mix) and I hiked 28 miles. Water wasn’t a problem — we hit the good well twice on our ramble — but I’d only brought a granola bar and a thing of Yoplait As we drove home, I realized I was starving. I imagine Molly was, too. I stopped at a grocery on the way home, bought a loaf of French bread, some good cheese, and tore into it immediately, sharing with my dog. One of the best suppers — and days — of my life. 😀

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    1. That is the best Matha… I can relate to that one so well! But…there must be some bakery or restaurant near you that counts as the local hot spot. I imagine that you know of the greatest little spot for climbers to re-fuel?

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      1. Apparently the beer they brew is outstanding. They make root beer and cream soda as well. The pizza is not the best in the world, but it’s very very good. The sausage is locally made and tasty. The atmosphere is informal and friendly.

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  2. Ha, the last time we went hiking in the Lake District (UK) when we got back into town we headed to the local supermarket and snagged ourselves vegan Magnums. Best tasting ice-cream lollies evah! Are we badass or what! 😈😆😉

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    1. That sounds like the perfect way to end a day. I kind of want one right now. I wonder if skipping the hike and going straight for the Magnums is acceptable!


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