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dupree


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I recently started climbing again and, in a fit of overenthusiasm, have managed to remove a whole lotta skin from my hands. I'm sure there's not much to do now but let em' heal, but for future reference: Does anyone have any tips for taking care of their paws?


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Contrary to what may seem intuitive, one tip I have is to make sure to keep your hands moisturized (come one, guys, lotion isn't only for the chicas!). When your skin gets dry, little rough edges appear, and its these edges that get further roughed up by the rock/plastic, resulting in shredded hands. Keeping the skin smoother can reduce this. The other thing I do is file down any calluses that my appear, again reducing rough edges the rock has to act on and worsen.


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Keep it up, its good for ya


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i'm sitting here with a huge gash out of my palm...there use to be a callus there but i think it's on the crag now...i'm having the same problem: every time i think my hands are all callused up and good to go they tear again.


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could it be sh_ty rock?


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Skin isn't a very strong surface compared to the rock. You're going to tear your hands up if you climb on rough rock, plain and simple. It happens to all climbers. The way of life. Sometimes one just needs to deal and move on.


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I didn't mean to suggest that I was desperately trying to eliminate the loss of skin; I'm just looking for ways to minimize it.


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ways to minimize it?

1. climb less...

2. climb in a gym with smooth holds...

3. climb at a crag with crap rock that everyone and their mother climbs on and makes it super smooth.

4. climb less...

As you can see, all the options that involve less skin loss suck bigtime!


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woa woa woa tavs, use lotion?!?
Lotion is bad for your hands in climbing (at least in any time near your climb)
Picture this, lotion mositurizes your hands.
Now this, take a shower or bath and look at your hands. The water has soked into the skin "hydrating" it (alot). If you were to get out of the tub and just stand on the ground and pull on the rock your skin is going to peel like mad!!!! Now the same thing applies with lotion. If your putting lotion on your hands and then climb its going to cut it up worse.


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Not right before climbing...I tend to use it either nightly before going to bed or in the morning after showering (before going to work, not climbing unfortunately!) since the water (especially if its very hot) dries out your skin...but definitely not right before climbing. See, my skin is prone to peeling, if I let it get dry, over time little edges begin to peel off (whether climbing or not), then when I hit the rock/plastic, I end up with literally shredded finger tips...doesn't happen if I keep the skin as smooth as possible.


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My mitts usually get torn terribly.
I tape my fingers if I know that I'm going to be climbing something that has rewarded me with flappers in the past, like overhanging jug haul boulder problems in the gym.


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Toughen your hands up. Using a chinup bar taped with normal athletic tape (the good grippy cloth stuff) will toughen them up. Your hands will develop calices (spelling is wrong I know, sorry) but it'll still hurt sometimes, it happens.


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I had the same problem... now I don`t - I`m used to it. Now it is a problem of my GF
My hands feel like sandpaper and bit oaf skin don`t get torn away anymore. I think that it is a matter of time.


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Use Hoofmaker, you can get it at most tack shops and some wallmarts. It's a lotion used for building callouses on the skin above a horses hoof and works wonders on roadtrips.

Some people don't like the idea of it, but they're the ones whining about how much there hands hurt after 4 days of pulling sharp sandstone pockets while you're happilly pulling on day 13


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Taping is the answer, man- I recently climbed a route that previously left me with 6 flappers without a single one.


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indeed, tape, tape, tape. just don't overtape!


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torn hands are the best part of climbing...... chicks dig scars.


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My sister in law makes a cool essential massage oil out of lavender and a bunch of other oils. I use it on my hands after climbing. I works great! I have used it to massage scar tissue out of tendon injuies, and heal thrashed hands. Lavender is the best for healing skin. I am not sure what all is in it but if you can find an essential oil blend with lavender in it. It will help. Use it after climbing and on your rest days. And you hands will heal faster.
Thats all I have to say.


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yeah tape, just dont get to crazy and let you hands heal enough b4 climbing again


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OK, Well to help stop this in the future soak your hands in METHO, by doing this it toughens up the skin. But DO NOT do it when you have open wounds cos they'll sting like hell!
but dont cry cos they WILL get beta

M.


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PLUS dont cover them with bandaids when your not climbing, let the rips dry out!


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Badger Balm rules.
Made for people who work with their hands.
Not a wimpy a lotion, it soothes and toughens at the same time.
And it even smells non-girly.
I don't use it everyday, just when I get back from climbing and my hands are all torn up. It seems to heal them quicker.
I've tried everything - from equine crap to every sort of prescription therapy available, and the cheapie BB works best.

Bulldog


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the only thing i know to keep them from being striped of skin is taping, otherwise tough it out they always get better !!
Pat.


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I have a similar dry and flaky skin type. I have found that hydrating the skin is the key. Especially if you climb several days in a row. If the callouse gets too large, use a pumice stone to remove it otherwise, the rock will do it for you.

I actually moisturize my hands a hour before a long climbing day. This keeps the chaulk from completely drying out my hands. Experiment to find what works for you.

[ This Message was edited by: inflight on 2002-04-03 12:40 ]


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Tape up your hands and climb on their their is no reasion to be a wussy. Their only hands.

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