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nick97


Jan 17, 2012, 7:24 PM
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Im a newer climber and got some climbing tape for christmas. The problem is I have no idea how to use climbing tape, why i would use climbing tape, or what the pros of using it is. I know this question sounds really noobish but any help is really appreciated.


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Tape is most commonly used to protect the back of your hand when climbing cracks. Hand jams are a technique that can be very rough on the skin.
http://monsteroffwidth.com/...oves/tapegloves.html


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As your hands callous they sometimes start to push toward the joint as you are thrashing around on boulder problems. Eventually, it will pop and you'll have a nice flapper. If you tape it first, that doesn't happen. After 4 months or so, it the skin seems to have toughened up a bit and it's not happening much.


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I agree with the above post, I got many flappers when I started climbing, right on my pinkies, the tape protected them afterwards until they healed, and now I just use it on cracks.


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For a better understanding:

http://adventuredoc.net/2008/12/19/rock-climbing-finger-taping-and-injury/

This is one way to do it:

http://www.rockclimbing.com/Articles/Training_and_Technique/How_to_Tape_Your_Fingers_tambi_n_versi_n_en_Espa_ol__14.html

There are a couple of videos on youtube as well.


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nick97 wrote:
Im a newer climber and got some climbing tape for christmas. The problem is I have no idea how to use climbing tape, why i would use climbing tape, or what the pros of using it is. I know this question sounds really noobish but any help is really appreciated.

you don't need it unless you're climbing crack (debatable in itself) or if you get a flapper or are injured.

taping prior to anything happening is useless. your skin will get used to climbing and get callused. if your fingers become sore you should probably stop instead of taping as a beginner.


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