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EntropyFletch


Mar 15, 2012, 4:04 PM
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Finger tip filing?
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I often see high-level boulderers filing the tips of their fingers with emory boards in videos. What is the reasoning behind this? Is it to keep the thickness of the callouses that develop on your finger tips down so they don't tear off? Is it to increase friction?

I've been climbing for about 10 months now and am starting to get pretty thick callouses on my fingers and am wondering if this will help keep my tips in good shape.


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I often see high-level boulderers filing the tips of their fingers with emory boards in videos. What is the reasoning behind this? Is it to keep the thickness of the callouses that develop on your finger tips down so they don't tear off? Is it to increase friction?

I've been climbing for about 10 months now and am starting to get pretty thick callouses on my fingers and am wondering if this will help keep my tips in good shape.

Mainly it is to keep the tough skin at a consistent thickness. Holds on a lot of hard problems are sharp, tearing into your skin as you climb. If you file off these edges they won't tear all the way.

If you're having cracking issues, consistent filing can help prevent this.


deschamps1000


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You want to avoid big caluses. The big caluses will rip off and make it painful to climb. Basically sand down caluses to a reasonable size.


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