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nayjay


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How about we all share the things our poor little fingers have to endure every time we go climbing? Any tips on how to save the lives of your poor little fingers? at present i'm typing with taped fingers because the skin has been scraped off them and they are hellish sensitive.


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Me too. I get my hands to the point that they are going to callace over, I rip all the skin off climbing.


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I have typical business manager wuss hands and Joshua Tree is one of my "local" hangouts. Those that have climbed there know what I mean by abrasive as a chainsaw.
I tape the index and middle fingers primarily.


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I know exactly what you mean hangerlessbold!!

Josh rock is a bitch!


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I use a foot file on my hands almost every night for 15 minutes to get rid of the big caluses. At the wall I stay away from the big jugs since they cause more flappers than anything. my finger prints are almost worn off from them crimps and slopers (seriously).

one of the worst things is concrete pockets. When you do a move like a large cross over off a mono or double stacked pocket and your fingers rotate, tha can take large chunks of skin clean off.


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Back in the day (Last year) when I climbed nearly every day, my hands were much like the rock I was on. They didn't tear or get sore very easily. Now that I've climbed a total of 1 (count it, one) time in the past six months, my hands are baby's-butt smooth. I'll just have to start all over again. It hurts in the beginning, but before you know it, you'll have caveman hands.

AW


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Well for anyone that does't know, Tommy Caldwell cut his left index finger off at the first knuckle while he and Beth were doing home impovement. So I would say, tape while you are climbing, and watch what the hell you are doing while using a saw, grinder, sander, and anything you can think of to get your fingers caught in.


PS The docs reatached his finger with some pins and stuff...wonder how he will climb with it like that???


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It'll be fine he'll adapt to the new confinguration I'm shure.


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After too many years of cracks, my hands are perma-calloused. I tape, but only if it's either 5.11 crack and above, or 5.10 and above in josh. I tape my ring tendons, which I've popped a couple of over the decades. keep your hands outta the dishwater (make someone else do the dishes) that helps. and never let your hands soak in the hotsprings when at the ORG.

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after climbing outdoors for a week, my callouses developed quite nicely.
now that i'm back, they're peeling, and i can rip entire strings of skin off my fingers. a good way to disgust non climbers.


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I play the electric bass and those fat srtings do more to my hands than and rock on the planet will ever dream of doing. If you are an every-so-often type of climber try to either pick up something, like the guitar, that will calus your hands over or avoid overly babying them with lotion and what not for a few days before.


blimpdriver


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I agree with sonofspork. Josh rock tears you up.


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It's always fun when there's a boulder problem that's giving you a challenge, and half way up is a small one finger knife sharp point that you need to use, and it comes to the point of should I keep attempting the problem or pass and take it easy on my finger whose callus has very painful been cut through and now bleeds. It's such a hard decision. I should probably try out some of that tape stuff I keep hearing about


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now I've never climbed J-Tree, but I have climbed E-rock (enchanted rock) in South Texas. It is pure granite, not only did it rip up my hands (not to mention legs, arms and anything else that happened to scrape against the rock as i fell...and fell...and fell again ) ...but it also tore up the bottom of my shoes.

You get to a point though when you just look at your hands and go ...wow...it's like your calloused fingers are the most beautiful things in the world....

anyway
Juniper


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always nice going on a date after a good day climbing and you have cuts and scrapes all over. Makes a good conversation starter. Being in phoenix a lot of the local crags are sandstone or granite. I think i have left more skin at the crag than a normal person makes in a year.


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All I can say is that I never had any problems with my tendons before I climbed at the gym.


joemor


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i like hands that are well worn, as for cuts, we all know chicks dig scars


tangboy


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scars maybe dude.... but not bloody flappers or deep holes in your fingers. right now i have.... 6 taped fingers with one of those fingers double taped! i was in the gym today TBA in Chatt... shoulda stayed away from down climbing the overhang without feet! you get swinging and your fingers get flapping!tang


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I never climbed to the extreme to where I've done anything but calous my fingers. I have only been able to do a bit of indoor climbing and occasional outdoors bouldering. This is due to the fact that I'm too young to get my liscence and my parents don't like to drive me around. You guys with hurting fingers are lucky to get to climb so often!


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Real rock isn't as bad as plastic, that "dam" plastic just burns the skin right off my hands....

Oh well, I just climb till I can't climb any more.


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J-tree, E-rock and another place thats hard on fingers...

Queen Creek (Superior Az.) sharp rock AND tendon ripping pockets !!!


zlipper


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all i do to prevent all this is try and avoid any large jugs like what was said earlyer because flappers just plain suck. everything else i can deal with because i love to climb


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I don't like all this talk about J-Tree. I'm going there for spring break and I have planned on 4 days of pure bouldering. I'm wondering if I'll have any fingers left after it's all said and done.


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I went through the stage of ripping my hands apart. It goes away after a while of constant climbing, and caluses form. I have stuffed the ring finger on each of my hands once, and it hurts, but some rest, and taping to prevent it happening again is all it needs. So don't worry too much about 'flappers', tape 'em and climb on til they calus.


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Whenever I come back from climbing my wife looks at my hands and legs to see how much skin I lost. If I look pretty unscathed she tells me I must have not been climbing very hard because I didn't leave any of myself behind for the rock gods. When it comes to my hands the gods are definitely not disappointed.

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