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Syd


Jan 14, 2013, 6:48 PM
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If you're anything like me, your car rarely gets washed. If you're like me, you've also spent a long time trying to stick those 45 degree slopers on your hangboard. Trying washing your car then try the slopers (after brushing them of course). You'll stick like nothing.

I had thought it was traces of grease on my hands but many attempts at washing my hands in hot soapy water, I found it nowhere nearly as effective as having my hands wet for 30 minutes or whatever it was, to wash and chamois the car. Apparently our hands become wrinkly under water, to increase grip:
http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2013/01/wrinkles-help-fingers-get-a-grip.html

Might be worth a try if you are desperate to bag that project.

Yeh, some are bound to call me a raving crazy man, but give it a try before commenting.


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Jan 15, 2013, 8:33 AM
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Syd wrote:
If you're anything like me, your car rarely gets washed. If you're like me, you've also spent a long time trying to stick those 45 degree slopers on your hangboard. Trying washing your car then try the slopers (after brushing them of course). You'll stick like nothing.

I had thought it was traces of grease on my hands but many attempts at washing my hands in hot soapy water, I found it nowhere nearly as effective as having my hands wet for 30 minutes or whatever it was, to wash and chamois the car. Apparently our hands become wrinkly under water, to increase grip:
http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2013/01/wrinkles-help-fingers-get-a-grip.html

Might be worth a try if you are desperate to bag that project.

Yeh, some are bound to call me a raving crazy man, but give it a try before commenting.

Yeah, I would go with crazy raving. Seems like a good way to destroy your skin-- first thoroughly soften it by keeping it wet for so long that your skin gets to the "wrinkled prune" stage, and then do a hangboard workout? Crazy!

On a personal level, I know that doing the dishes right before hangboard workout (my equivalent of washing the car) is a bad idea. It hurts more, and I lose more skin.


I remember when I was in Bishop a couple of years back, we went to the hot springs. A friend of mine spent a long time soaking in one of those, and then decided to get a few climbs in. His fingertips were worthless for several days after it, he ripped off so many layers of soft skin...



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Sounds like bad beta, dude, sorry. Like Lena says, it might get rid of all the oils in your skin for more friction, but the skin damage is going to take weeks to repair.

When I'm in seriousclimber mode, I go out of my way to never put my hands in hot soapy water, even using surgical gloves if I'm going to be getting into the hot tub or something.


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You're probably right ... washing my car was crazy. I'll go back to letting it look like other climbers' cars.

My hands weren't so wet that they were like prunes but they didn't feel quite as hard as they usually do. No skin lost on the hangboard.


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You're probably right ... washing my car was crazy. I'll go back to letting it look like other climbers' cars.

My hands weren't so wet that they were like prunes but they didn't feel quite as hard as they usually do. No skin lost on the hangboard.

The best way to clean your car is to park outside The Spot in Boulder, and let all the vee-dubble-digit gym boulderers just give it a good hosing down with their incessant spray.


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Syd wrote:
You're probably right ... washing my car was crazy. I'll go back to letting it look like other climbers' cars.
I use one of those automated wash places. Gets off the heavy grime and salt, but doesn't take too long or adversely affect your skin.


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trucks look better with mud on em anyways!


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It's been raining for the past 2 days and is still pouring. It's warm and very humid. Time for my hangboard workout. A touch of chalk, dry unwashed hands but I'm sticking the 45's like glue. Wet hands definitely have poor friction but maybe a touch of humidity helps ?


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