/ is there something that is better than chalk ?
Wet hands - apparently the ridges on your fingers and toes that you acquire after a long soak in the bath increase your grip on wet things.
So if you were to use pof on crags in the UK, you would be able to climb out of the river into which you would be thrown.
Various other concoctions (megagrip?) were all rather a waste of time and effort and I haven't seen them for years.
Of course if you used superglue you would get caught red-handed cheating!
Strangely I have noticed that when I rub spots of mud off my climbing shoes prior to starting a route on limesone, not only does the rubbing of the damp and abrasive mud "tack up" my shoes beautifully, when i rub the excess from my hands off on my trousers, leaving my hands slightly dirty, they're really quite grippy and I rarely need chalk. Totally eco-friendly :-)
Dirt and spit are pretty good
Let's just hope he doesn't use rubber gloves on the moors away from the crags!
> Let's just hope he doesn't use rubber gloves on the moors away from the crags!
Ha ha, you never know, we've got our suspicions about the guy!
Try going without chalk - i never need it and i think a lot of people would be surprised at how unnecessary the stuff actually is
> Try going without chalk - i never need it and i think a lot of people would be surprised at how unnecessary the stuff actually is
Agree 100%. I've never used it and never will. I think the benefits are largely psychological and a lot of climbers develop a mental dependency on it to the point that they feel they can't climb without it. I been out with people who haven't wanted to climb when they've forgotten their chalkbag. Ridiculous.
Another vote for chalk, but I may throw in a vote for rubber gloves also.
Not ethical as it would leave residue on the rock, but I reckon it would help.
The french use something referred to as "pof" it is a kind of soft resin that is very sticky - it leaves a really nasty residue on the rock that quickly turns to a polished hard sheen that is very hard to brush off.
Chalk isn't used because it is "sticky" which rather negates your post and all of the replies IMO. It is used in order to dry the hands which are inevitably a bit sweaty and therefore slippery.
To those who are advocating not using chalk at all I have to agree to an extent, certainly on many routes or problems (particularly on easy ones) it really isn't necessary and I find it really funny when people chalk up to do their juggy warm up traverses indoors however I must admit I find it helps on harder stuff.
To the OP surely the answer is to work on getting stronger fingers than finding was of making your hands more sticky or are you planning on becoming the next spiderman?
Most normal climbers prefer Limestone, Grit, Granite, Gneiss, Dolerite, Rhyolite, Slate, Sandstone etc.
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