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Rock-Monkey


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First post and must say this website is awesome!

So I just recently got into bouldering and have been pushing myself pretty hard at it. One thing I have noticed though that I keep writing the skin of my last two fingers on my hands. Is this something that will go away over time (tougher hands?) or is this something that I will probably need to tape up to keep it from constantly happening?

Thanks for the advice.


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obviously don't climb on raw skin. give it a chance to heal.

over time, your skin will toughen up. nothing wrong with a little tape when needed. even leathery fingertips will tear on razor sharp rock.


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Rock-Monkey wrote:
First post and must say this website is awesome!

So I just recently got into bouldering and have been pushing myself pretty hard at it. One thing I have noticed though that I keep writing the skin of my last two fingers on my hands. Is this something that will go away over time (tougher hands?) or is this something that I will probably need to tape up to keep it from constantly happening?
Huh? What are you talking about? What is "writing the skin"?


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Thanks for the quick reply... I was worried that this was going to be a constant thing. Hopefully they toughen up quick, i am really digging climbing and it sucks not being able to because your hands are torn up Mad


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marc801 wrote:
Rock-Monkey wrote:
First post and must say this website is awesome!

So I just recently got into bouldering and have been pushing myself pretty hard at it. One thing I have noticed though that I keep writing the skin of my last two fingers on my hands. Is this something that will go away over time (tougher hands?) or is this something that I will probably need to tape up to keep it from constantly happening?
Huh? What are you talking about? What is "writing the skin"?

Sorry spelled it wrong, i meant ripping... Note to self: don't multi-task while trying to ask a question!


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yeah, my fingertips get all sorts of gnarly. it's part of the game. use tape when necessary but it's always best to go skin-on-rock. and chalk will really suck the moisture out of your hands so lotion up afterwards.


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I got some tape but it turned out to be pretty bad, wouldn't stay on for more than one climb. Any advise on some good tape?


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Kendal Curity IMO is the best tape available, however rumor is that they got bought out and the new stuff isn't as good. Try and get some of the old stock if possible


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i am a poo head


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Hmmm, apparently I am a poo head.

Anyways, get yourself some "Climb On!" bar or similar. Just like your muscles need nutrients to recover after a hard session, you skin does too!


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I will look into this... My wife is also trying to get into this as we are really looking for a sport we can enjoy together. We might have found it finally! Thanks for the tips guys!


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Your hands will toughen up over time but they need time off to heal just like anything else. I try to avoid getting them too wet as well as this will loosen the skin up even more. Also get some hand balm, it does wonders.

Primo chalk helps with the cracking and moisture lose. I dont know of any other chalk thats good for your hands.


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I can tell that my hands have toughened up a bit since the past few climbing sessions, i just made sure to tape the particular area that had any rawr skin and also to use plenty of chalk. Did the trick today, thanks!


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I use the cotton/latex tape also known as sport tape. It can last for hours. Some of my friends use the paper like tape, only good for one climb.


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I found some half inch tape at CVS that lasted a good 5 climbs before it started to bunch up. I think before of the area that all my rips are (ring and pinky finger) its going to be hard to find tape that will stay for much longer than that.

I find that i use those fingers a lot, i need to remember to balance my finger strength when climbing.


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sungam wrote:
Hmmm, apparently I am a poo head.

Anyways, get yourself some "Climb On!" bar or similar. Just like your muscles need nutrients to recover after a hard session, you skin does too!
Try BagBalm as well.


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Thanks for the idea, i might give bagbalm a shot as the other stuff seems a bit pricey and little more out of reach. Now to find a Walgreens that has it...


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Ahh this brings back memories...of a few weeks ago.

I was in this exact same situation. I toyed with using gloves, but they didn't give me enough close contact with my fingers to be of good use.

My approach (and I still use this) is to go bare hands until my hands become too raw. Then I use tape so I can keep climbing until other body parts give outTongue


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I have a similar issue but mine is i get so caught up in climbing that even though I notice that i have cut my hands up I am not feeling the pain and keep going on it. I have learned my lesson and now carry good tape and take care of my hands.


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Bouldering gloves.... They do the trick every time.


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So went last night and finally completed the problem that has been giving me issues for 2 weeks. i start working on another difficult one and my form was getting a little nasty. I did it again! Ripped a nice big chunk off of my upper palm (next to my pinky), bad enough to where it started bleeding.

Once i got home i tried the BagBalm stuff on it and other places i had lightly torn. So far so good, the stuff is super thick and doesn't rub off easy, keeps it nice and lubed up. Thanks for the advice.


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If you are getting flappers regularly then you may want to rub off some of you spot callus with a pumus stone. When one bit of skin if much firmer then the skin around it there is a tendency for it to flap off.


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sungam wrote:
If you are getting flappers regularly then you may want to rub off some of you spot callus with a pumus stone. When one bit of skin if much firmer then the skin around it there is a tendency for it to flap off.

thanks for the tip, i will try it today. This one i believe ripped because i did not have proper hand placement when i made the next move. This is the first one for my palm so i am willing to bet its just an nooby hand placement mistake.


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Nothing some climbing tape cant fix just wrap ur cuts in it :p


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Thats what i did yesterday, just wrapped my upper palm in some good tape and it did the job. My hands really have toughened up over the last three weeks though, i dont feel leaving raw anymore.

The BagBalm stuff is still pretty awesome though, have been using it daily to smooth over the spots that are still healing up.

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