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By Ross Young
From Columbus, OH
Jun 14, 2013
lowering off count floyd show red river gorge
hey all.


I have been climbing for about 5 years now, and for some reason I feel that my skin just gets absolutely butchered compared to the people that I climb with. on any bouldering trip longer than 2 days, all of my tips have worn down to pink stubs and are bleeding from the pad. I don't ever get this on roped climbing trips (but I believe that is because I am falling much less) but I think that my hands turn and run when they see a boulder field. I am leaving for a trip on sat and I am going to try the super glue thing this time but for the future are there any home remedies that work for hardening skin? I am already in the gym 3 Ish days a week and that is clearly not enough

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By Greg G
From SLC, UT
Jun 14, 2013
The route in it's entirety.
Use hand salve.

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By Morgan Patterson
Administrator
Jun 14, 2013
Stoked...
Antihydral is what the top climbers use for day after day of climbing.

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By Patrick Mulligan
Jun 14, 2013
The top of the tufa on Magma
What Greg said - I'm partial to the Joshua Tree salve. Also, you may be climbing too much. I don't know your history, but maybe you just need to let your skin heal a little more and then create a program of skin care.

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By Chris Plesko
From Westminster, CO
Jun 14, 2013
OMG, I winz!!!
Indoor doesn't really get my skin ready for outside. Get some sanding blocks or try antihydral (slowly!)

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By Ross Young
From Columbus, OH
Jun 14, 2013
lowering off count floyd show red river gorge
I have actually read about antihydral, and it sounds pretty aggressive. but I may have to give it a try. I am getting pretty sick of bleeding haha. has anyone had any real luck with the stuff?

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By Justin Brunson
From Broomfield CO
Jun 14, 2013
I've been having the same problem. I've thought it might be at least related to my diet, which is super unhealthy.

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By Chris Plesko
From Westminster, CO
Jun 14, 2013
OMG, I winz!!!
Ross Young wrote:
I have actually read about antihydral, and it sounds pretty aggressive. but I may have to give it a try. I am getting pretty sick of bleeding haha. has anyone had any real luck with the stuff?


It's worth trying, start slow on just the tips and see how it goes. Plenty of climber info on the internet but you have to google around a bit to find it.

Another thing to be aware of is tactics. Are you just throwing yourself at stuff repeatedly without resting enough? climbing in the sun? not keeping your skin free of oils when outside? If it's just road trip volume then tactics might not be the cause but repeated sloppy burns will destroy my skin on certain problems.

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By Eric D
From Gnarnia
Jun 14, 2013
Born again on the last move of the Red Dihedral, high Sierras.
Sanding blocks. I use one 3 or 4 times a week.

Also, I don't know where you live but if you are in a dry environment cracks take forever to heal. Moisturize them and then put a bandade or tape over that to keep that environment moist. It speeds up healing.

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By climbnplay
Jun 14, 2013
your skin shreds because you are falling too much ;) adam ondra says that after 4 days of climbing at fontainebleau, his skin was better than before he got there. i think on this trip he flashed most problems he tried...so there!

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By Rick Carpenter
From Banner Elk, NC
Jun 14, 2013
Dey Took Yer Jeb!!!
Easy, you don't use Giddy Organics

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By s.price
From PS,CO
Jun 14, 2013
 Morning Dew ,self portrait
This is a frequent topic here. Take up the guitar. Play in a fingerpicking style. You learn something new. The ladies love it if you can play well. And it toughens, strengthens and increases flexibility in your fingers.

I sand my tips for playing but rarely to climb. Callouses build in very specific areas on your fingers when you play so I sand to even the tips.

My wife is a salon owner and they use a Paraffin dip bath you can pick up at your local big box. Superb for recovery.


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By Ross Young
From Columbus, OH
Jun 14, 2013
lowering off count floyd show red river gorge
well I for sure fall to much but isn't that half the fun? And i am in Ohio so very humid air for the most part, so maybe i do need to dry it out. I think i may even use some rubbing alcohol in the time being. but anti hydral is probably in my future

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By Jeremy Hand
Jun 14, 2013
slopey
Take astaxanthin and resveratrol. Those nutrients should support stronger tips as well as numerous other benefits.

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By grampa potate
Jun 15, 2013
You're a wuss. Stop climbing and do something else.

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By Ellenore Zimmerman
Jun 15, 2013
me
you may have a fungal infection, like athlete's foot, but its called "climber's palm" Eat a lot of yogurt.

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By Adam Floyd
From Las Vegas
Jun 19, 2013
Vegas the Dog
Anti-hydral is good if you have moist fingers, aka your tips don't split. A mellower stuff to use is this, I tried at a friends recommendation and it is pretty good.


Tuf-Foot

This is what my fingers look like after climbing hard for a while without using anything. They just wear away to nothing, no big cracks.

Trashed Fingers
Trashed Fingers

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By Matt N
From Santa Barbara, CA
Jun 19, 2013
OTL
Chalk up another tick against bouldering ;)

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By Brototype
From Albuquerque, NM
Jun 19, 2013
I pretty aggressively take care of my skin, because if I don't it drys out too much and flakes horribly.

I use anti-hydral twice a week before a big bouldering trip. I leave the stuff on over night, which can make your sheets a bit messy if you don't let it dry a bit before going to bed. I then use Climb-on bar every night of the trip before going to sleep. When in Hueco I'll put it on right when I'm done climbing and have washed the chalk from my hands, then again right before I go to sleep. Using this method I climbed for 5 days on in Hueco and my skin was better the day I left than when I arrived.

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By ian watson
From Albuquerque, NM
Jun 19, 2013
my left thumb peels the worst I use the noxzema ( yes the face cream/cleaner) i put that on and wait for it to soak in then I re-apply . After doing that 2-3 times i put the climb on bar to it right before bed it will be healed better the next day and almost perfect in two days.

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