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Topic - Drying holds with chalk

wildbill on 15 Oct 2012
Today I climbed Fishers Folly at Shepherds Crag in the Lakes. Some of the holds were wet but not too bad. However towards the end of the traverse one of the holds was not just covered in chalk, but it appeared that someone tried to dry the hold by emptying half of their chalk bag onto it. I'm not kidding about the amount of chalk either. This had turned the hold into a slimy, slippy chalk paste covered mess of a hold. Also one of the holds on Kransic Crack Direct had had the same treatment.

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.


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