/ Wiping your feet before you climb ?
But it seems every time I go to a popular location I see at least one person with grit all over their feet climbing.
I don't really feel it will make much difference posting it on here as most of us are aware of the damage it causes, but if it just helps one person to remember next time they climb then it was worth posting.
Happy climbing and please wipe your feet.Cheers.
Thanks for the tip, i always thought people were just been melodramatic whenever i saw them doing this at the crag. I will now make sure i wipe my feet before climbing, so therefore your post was worthwhile. When i did ask someone the question as to why he gave the reason to have better friction with the rock and to keep them clean, if he would have said it causes damage to the crag i would have followed suit sooner.
I thought you were stating the bleedin obvious, so that shows what I know.
Good on yer. ;O)
Thank you for doing your bit to help the rock stay in better condtion for longer. If only more folk did the same.
You are right, but if you are climbing in trainers that are caked in mud, it all helps with wear and tear. I got pulled to one side at Font once because one of the locals didn't feel I had sufficiently wiped every last grain of sand from my rock shoes. Fair play I guess.
Also, feet that slip polish stuff a lot faster than feet that stay put, and feet that slip while covered in fine-grained sandpaper-like grit polish stuff even faster.
People wouldn't strap £20 notes to their feet and walk around, so why do they walk around in fast-wearing 100 quid rock shoes?
WIPE YOUR FEET YOU PLANKS!
I can't imagine why anyone would want to climb with muddy/dusty boots - we're not cavers for goodness sakes....
This is particularly important on sandstones (of all sorts) where the sand grains doing the abrading tend to be much harder than the matrix which binds them together into rock and when bouldering!
> People wouldn't strap £20 notes to their feet and walk around, so why do they walk around in fast-wearing 100 quid rock shoes?
I saw a video when your rock shoes touched the ground at about 40mph !
Cleaning my shoes has become an automatic action before starting any route and is one of the reasons I never wear shorts for climbing (trousers legs are great for wiping off mid-route sand & dirt). Anyone who's climbed more than a few routes should know that clean shoes make things far easier, safer and more pleasant.
It's the people who are just starting to climb who don't know that clean shoes are good for both their climbing and the rock and those who instruct/ introduce them need to make this clear.
Beats me how anyone can climb grit with mud-caked shoes
I think that is a bit of overkill. I specifically don't squeeze my feet into shoes 5 sizes too small because I would rather spend my time climbing in comfy shoes rather than continuously taking off / putting then on. My feet also aren't up to walking on rough ground unaided and carrying shoes on grit routes is a faff. Careful cleaning of shoes prior to climbing is no effort. That said, I don't think the culprits in this example were necessarily wearing rock boots.
I think you are right there, the routes showing the worst signs of wear are the ones beginers use. Admittedly those are the routes that see more ascents than others. Having said that I don't want to discourage beginers, just educate them.
I feel if we all keep an eye out and ask folk very politley, we could help the routes to stay enjoyable for the next generation.
Thanks everyone for supporting this thread and here's to the clean shoe gang!
I usually do the bar towel thing
But is there a market for trousers with some mud-absorbing towelling on the inside lower leg?
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