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Nov 13, 2013
Lately my fingertips have not been able to heal properly. I never had any problem with it before but after bouldering a lot in our rec center and then going out on a weekend trip and climbing a lot of sport climbs I come back with nothing left on my tips and I continue to climb at our rec center the next week but I can't climb at 100% because of my finger tips. Any suggestions on how to heal them quickly? I use J-Tree climbing stuff almost every night but it does not seem to be helping anymore =( Joe Leritz
From St. Louis, MO
Joined Sep 16, 2013
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Nov 13, 2013
Rock Climbing Photo: Espresso @ New Jack City
Best $40 I've ever spent. One makes calluses, the other keeps them from getting dry/peely but without overly-softening them.

Aveda Hand Relief

The Aveda hand cream, IMO, blows the Jtree/Burts Bees/Climb-On stuff out of the water. And smells better too.
T.J. Esposito
From San Diego, CA
Joined May 3, 2011
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Nov 15, 2013
I've used climb-on and metolius, but have since replaced both with simple isopropyl alcohol. I usually give my hands an alcohol bath after i get out of the shower or extended periods where my hands have been in water. I carry a small dropper bottle outdoors when I'm climbing because when the tips do start shredding, the alcohol will dull the pain allowing for a few more good burns.

The main reason though is that the alcohol toughens your skin and calluses. This has been a practice by guitarists for many years. Eric Clapton would soak his hands multiple times a day.

I've been doing this for the past 6 months, 1-2x's a day and have noticed a significant drop in how quickly my tips become the result of having to end the day of climbing.

In addition, my hands tend to sweat more than the average person's, so it aids as an additional drying agent along with chalk. But I have definitely noticed I can climb longer and harder than my partners before complaining about my skin and rarely suffer from a flapper.

Sys Ex
From Lake Forest, CA
Joined Apr 2, 2013
78 points
Dec 30, 2013
Thanks TJ, I'll have to pick both of those up! rick22
From parkersburg, wv
Joined Apr 15, 2013
30 points
Dec 30, 2013
I would go with maybe some Climb on bar. I like the joshua tree stuff and they make it right down the street but found that it just doesnt heal like Climb on does. Joshua tree is more of alotion to me and climb on has some actual healing properties I find. Mike Knight
From Canton, Mi
Joined Dec 24, 2013
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