/ sore fingers! help!!
A friend of mine used to repeatedly thrust his hands alternatively into a bucket of sand. For hours apparently. I've never done this so can't vouch for it's effectiveness but he does have strong fingers and tough skin. Bit like a Rhino actually.
> A friend of mine used to repeatedly thrust his hands alternatively into a bucket of sand. For hours apparently.
It is possible to manage the problem but you need to put some effort in.
White spirit was another I heard of. But best to avoid cigarettes, lighters and matches.
use summat like that climb on balm stuff.. i don't tend to use it throughout the winter when indoor climbing, tend to just moisturise a bit, but use it religiously when climbing on rock
think the more you climb the tougher your skin gets and the longer oyu'll be able to climb... but sometimes repetition doing the same sort of problems /routes makes skin soreness difficult to avoid after 2-3 hours
but what i would recomend is to put climb on after every climb and just man up and keep climbing ! ur skin will addapt pritty soon. however if it dosnt and they get really bad just have a rest week and then try again.
As people have said, moisturiser after climbing helps.
Also technique...lunging, scrabbling and clinging on for dear life will wear your hands out faster than controlled movement (I should know).
ah I knew I couldn't be alone! I suffer from exactly the same thing.
The "just do it more and your skin will toughen" line is actually a bunch of BS in my experience. Even climbing 3-4 times a week for several years I still have the same problem. It basically means I'm never training at my optimum because my skin becomes too sore to climb long before my muscles get tired. Also totally impossible to climb two days consecutively.
I've heard it said the amputee "stump cream" is a solution but it seems a bit drastic...however, at this point im really starting to consider it.
What do you already do to keep your skin in good condition?
Assuming what you describe is only skin pain, not joint pain. It sounds to me like you need to do two things, look after your skin as best you can while climbing and look after it between sessions. In practice that's keeping your hands still on the holds while under load, quitting while you're ahead, moisturising between sessions and removing/thinning pads of hard skin before they get the chance to tear off.
> White spirit was another I heard of. But best to avoid cigarettes, lighters and matches.
Not a good idea - on the face of it it works, and toughens the sking, but it also leads to cracking of the hardened skin causing nasty sores, in extreme cases it can lead to epidermal necrolysis
Thanks everyone - this is really useful, and good to know i'm not alone!
:) thanks, I shall have a read!
When climbing indoors I've taken to wearing gloves whilst warming up on easy traverses on a bouldering wall or lead routes with good holds up to about F6a+.
I find that my skin lasts a bit better that way; still really sore at the end of the session but at least it's lasted until my arms and fingers are trashed as well.
This tactic might not help with developing tougher skin but at least it means you can give your arms and fingers a decent workout, get your money's worth from the wall and enjoy it!
Try climbing tape.
When i'm training on my overhanging wall i tend to get sore skin on any finger, not directly the joint but the bit of finger either side of it. If i tape it, it holds everything together. What i usually do is a couple of moves, identify which finger sections are giving my jip and put tape over them. It varies every time, probably related to specific arm and hand strength on any given night.
Also - as the strength in your hands and arms improves, your hand skin will hurt less. It hurts because of very slight movement between the hold and your hand, a result of reduced friction because your grip is not mundo hardcore. When you get stronger, you'll grip harder and your hands will hurt less.
Had this on Saturday after the longest bouldering session for a few months: towards the end I kept spacing out the climbs to give my fingers time to slighly recover then that wasn't good enough and had to stop!
But by then I had given my arms a good work out. Went back on Sunday to do more, but this time my arms gave out before my finger skin!
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