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By Ladd Raine
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From Plymouth, NH
Aug 21, 2008
Waiting for lift-off, Thin Air(5.6) Cathedral Ledge, NH

So, after having this stuff recommended to me by several people over the past few months I'm now trying it and it is amazing. It turns skin into callous quickly and thereby reduces the sweatiness of your hands. Make sure not to use too much or use it too often as it'll crack your skin (bummer), twice a week does the job just fine. Also, make sure you stop if your hands look like they are turning greenish. To use it apply a thin layer to your tips (not in the cracks between pads) and let dry. Keep it on for 20-30 min or longer. I usually apply before bed and keep it on overnight but I don't think anything is to be gained once 45 minutes have passed.

I just love it, I have to chalk up so much less when it is hot out. Since using it I can climb even more days of the year and enjoy myself.

Anyone else use this stuff?


Edit to add to orginal post:

Sorry,

Antihydral


Stupid me forgot to include the name and link.


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By Phil Lauffen
From The Bubble
Aug 21, 2008
RMNP skiing. Photo by Nodin de Saillan

what is "this stuff"??


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By Mike McKinnon
From Golden, CO
Aug 21, 2008
Bunny pancake

Ladd Raine wrote:
So, after having this stuff recommended to me by several people over the past few months I'm now trying it and it is amazing. It turns skin into callous quickly and thereby reduces the sweatiness of your hands. Make sure not to use too much or use it too often as it'll crack your skin (bummer), twice a week does the job just fine. Also, make sure you stop if your hands look like they are turning greenish. To use it apply a thin layer to your tips (not in the cracks between pads) and let dry. Keep it on for 20-30 min or longer. I usually apply before bed and keep it on overnight but I don't think anything is to be gained once 45 minutes have passed. I just love it, I have to chalk up so much less when it is hot out. Since using it I can climb even more days of the year and enjoy myself. Anyone else use this stuff?


Is it urine?

I know several baseball players have confessed to doing that so their hands harden.


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By sanz
From Raleigh, NC
Oct 5, 2013
One of my first trad leads, on Ooga Chocka at Crowder's Mountain.

Who all has used this stuff? I found a few blog posts from climbers using antihydral on google. Seems like all the feedback is good, just looking for more opinions.

Do you just put it on your tips? Once, twice a week? All the time, or just the week before a big trip? Do you combine with ClimbOn, lotion, nothing? Any and all info is appreciated.

I have pretty moist skin and I after a few days of climbing I tend to get raw tips. No cracks, just worn down epidermis and tender, oozy tips. I use a lot of chalk most of the time, and once I start getting the oozy tips, my skin just soaks it up.

So it seems like antihydral would be really good for me, but it also kinda freaks me out. Just looking to gather some more data before I drop 30 bucks on a tube.


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By Ray Pinpillage
From West Egg
Oct 5, 2013
Cleo's Needle

sanz wrote:
Who all has used this stuff? I found a few blog posts from climbers using antihydral on google. Seems like all the feedback is good, just looking for more opinions. Do you just put it on your tips? Once, twice a week? All the time, or just the week before a big trip? Do you combine with ClimbOn, lotion, nothing? Any and all info is appreciated. I have pretty moist skin and I after a few days of climbing I tend to get raw tips. No cracks, just worn down epidermis and tender, oozy tips. I use a lot of chalk most of the time, and once I start getting the oozy tips, my skin just soaks it up. So it seems like antihydral would be really good for me, but it also kinda freaks me out. Just looking to gather some more data before I drop 30 bucks on a tube.


I only use it in the summer. Once before I go to bed and once in the morning when I get up. I also use it on my feet to prevent blisters.


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By Chris Vinson
Oct 8, 2013

Ray Pinpillage wrote:
I only use it in the summer. Once before I go to bed and once in the morning when I get up. I also use it on my feet to prevent blisters.


What ray said is exactly how i use it. Yes, its amazing and it keeps my tips from getting destroyed on short trips to hueco.

The key is not to use too much and I try to only apply it to the pads on the tips of my fingers with care not to let it get into the cracks out of fear of deep/painful splitters.

That being said, i feel like i have to take especially good care of my skin when i'm using this, i bring an emery board to sand down any loose skin that could catch on a hold between burns and try especially hard to wear gloves doing the dishes also. It makes a difference!


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By Morgan Patterson
Administrator
Oct 8, 2013
Stoked...

It's the secret sauce of the pros... It also causes brain cancer but since I am unable to read the label I cannot confirm!


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By jarthur
From Westminster, CO
Oct 8, 2013
My dogs got ups yo!

I read that this stuff causes possible behavioral side effects, gambling, compulsive eating, anal leakage, an increased heart rate, and erections that last more than 4 hrs. Hardly seems worth it. I'll just go purchase an emery board instead.


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By Adam Floyd
From Almo, Idaho and Las Vegas
Oct 12, 2013
Vegas the Dog

I use it a couple of times a week for periods of harder climbing. Seems starting with it before your tips are hurting is key for me with my really moist hands.

Like sipping your finger tips in wax.


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By Nate Reno
From Highlands Ranch, CO
Oct 17, 2013
Ellingwood Point Summit, Little Bear in the background.

jarthur wrote:
I read that this stuff causes possible behavioral side effects, gambling, compulsive eating, anal leakage, an increased heart rate, and erections that last more than 4 hrs. Hardly seems worth it. I'll just go purchase an emery board instead.


Clearly, you are not dedicated enough!


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By slim
Administrator
Oct 17, 2013
tomato, tomotto, kill mike amato.

what if i already had those symptoms before, is antihydral right for me?


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By Ben Dubs
Oct 17, 2013
Elephant man

8 hour erections


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By Ryan Palo
From Bend, oregon
Oct 17, 2013
Me

I use this stuff in the pre-season when I need to get my skin in shape. I do the overnight approach. A dot on each tip, just covering the pad. Im careful to keep it out of my seems. I do it 3 days in a row. I find that anymore my skin will become too hard. In the shower I'll notice my skin will want to wrinkle, but cant; that's where I stop. In addition to that, I use a fine-grit sand paper & this hand cream:

www.amazon.com/Neutrogena-Norwegian-Formula-Cream-Fragrance->>>

Word of caution with Antihydral: Dont go overboard with it. If you notice it's causing your tips to become glassy, stop & file down your skin. I had a friend go through this. It had the effect of decreasing friction on holds. He ended up blasting off a crimp and wrecking a tendon.


More important is general skin care. Yes, you can have too much callus on your tips. Use sand paper. If your skin has holes, file down the edges and keep them slightly moisturized & CLEAN. Treat a flapper like you would a slight pulley injury(REST!). If I go completely through a tip or seam, I'll take the day to belay friends on their project or climb really easy pitches. Otherwise you're just prolonging the issue.

Also, I keep sand paper & nail clippers with me at the crag. Im proactive with trimming skin tags & filing/clipping edges.

I also belay using gloves. If you do the same, I'd highly recommend chalking your hands and waiting a few minutes before starting the tying in ritual.


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By nicelegs
From Denver
Oct 17, 2013

I have very dry skin and my tips and more frequently, my joints get splits. I've found that I can keep most of this at bay by using O'Keefe's working hands on a near daily basis.

I've always assumed that because of this, Antihydral was wrong for me.

I do have very sensitive and thin skin though as a result of using the O'keefe's. I'm good for only one day of really sharp climbing every 4 at best. If it's not that sharp, 2 on 3 off.

Would it be possible to use the Antihydral only on my tips, keep up with the O'keefes, and be both thick and flexible with no splits?

I have a tube of antihydral, I've been scared to open it.


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