/ Drying holds with chalk
So yes I am having a moan, but thought I'd put the question forward...
Would you do this and how much chalk is acceptable in peoples opinion?
My thoughts are that a little chalk is fine, but not a massive amount. If you can't brush it off when you're done, then have a really good think if it's a good idea to or not and think about the people who will climb the route after you.
Personally i don't find that chalk drys holds, but just "turns the hold into a slimy, slippy chalk paste covered mess" as you said.
Led a very wet 1st pitch of Doorpost at Bosigran yesterday, managed the wet holds without chalk.
could it have been that someone had tipped their chalk on this hold by accident? I've only seen people trying to dry holds in this was on indoor boulder problems but this route is nowhere near as technically difficult as most bouldering problems.
using a bucket load is pretty...well...stupid and hard to get rid of. it will also take holds longer to dry when left in comparison to bare rock. in my opinion less chalk is more acceptable... like standard climbing
Sometimes. Dry hold with a rag then dust on chalk, wait a moment, brush it off damp - repeat until hold is dry enough to use. Uses very little chalk and what is used is brushed off. Used to have to do it a lot while bouldering around the tide line.
Surely you just take your chalk ball out, dot it on the hold and put it away again??? I mean, we are still all using chalk balls aren't we (after the faff to get people to use them)?
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