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 Post subject: Finger Tips
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:33 pm 
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Hi there

I have found that the skin on my finger tips get really easily worn down even in the gym, and forces me to have to take days of climbing or wrap the tips of my fingers in tape, does anyone have any tips on how to toughen the skin on my fingers?

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 Post subject: Re: Finger Tips
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:02 pm 
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Get into trad climbing. You'll find that instead of concentrating the problem on your finger tips, you spread it to your knuckles, back of the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, back and knees.


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 Post subject: Re: Finger Tips
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:08 pm 
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Rumour has it that the legendary Sean Maasch used to recommend peeing on your hands to toughen the skin.


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 Post subject: Re: Finger Tips
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:11 pm 
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hmmm, I do trad climb but my heart is in bouldering at the moment, peeing on my hand sounds interesting i might give it a try just be warned about shaking my hand :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Finger Tips
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:15 pm 
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One day on, one day off (2 if the skin requires it) and don't be shy with the moisturiser :thumleft:

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 Post subject: Re: Finger Tips
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 5:01 pm 
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Check out the Healing Hands hand repair balm. It encourages skin regeneration and is all-natural. Will cut down recovery time.

Most climbing shops should have it

I have also seen ClimbOn in SA, never tried it but it should do the same thing for your tips


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 Post subject: Re: Finger Tips
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 5:16 pm 
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Years ago when I took guitar lessons, I got the advice to dip my fingers in methylated spirits. It seemed to do the trick then but I haven't tried it since.


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 Post subject: Re: Finger Tips
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 6:14 pm 
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I have heard about the mentholated spirits thing, just how long did you have to dip you hands for?

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 Post subject: Re: Finger Tips
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 8:28 pm 
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@Sheldon: Quick, you just dip each fingertip in sequence and let it dry (which is almost instantaneous). I would wash my hands before a meal, just in case - I've never ridden the "Bloutrein" :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: Finger Tips
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:11 am 
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Hey Sheldon,

I dig the high psyche levels!

You could try any number of tinctures or remedies but having tried a few myself because I have soft-as-a-baby's-butt skin, I found that most of them do more harm than good in the long run. Meths for instance just dries out the skin, it seems stronger because it feels harder but that harder skin slips off holds because there is less surface area touching the rock (we're talking microns but it makes a difference).

What you're looking for is tougher skin, and I haven't found anything that toughens your skin up except for climbing and more climbing. So if the tips start burning, toughen up and go for the send (it might mean a few extra days off if you don't get it but the reward, if you get it, is worth the risk).

If you find that you really need to preserve your skin, for instance on a long bouldering trip, I've found that a good system is to climb for the first day without tape and the next day with tape on the digits that feel a little tender, then take a days rest with a double rest day every week or so. In essence, you give your tips two days rest (one while they're hiding under tape and the other while you're chilling). You're still young so probably don't need as much rest as I do (you could probably go two days without tape then one with, then one rest day), but it does become important to let the body rest a little too at some point.

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 Post subject: Re: Finger Tips
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:16 am 
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for longer trips, and assuming the weather is perfect, go for:
2 days on, 1 day off
2 days on, 2 days off


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 Post subject: Re: Finger Tips
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 12:58 pm 
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The more you climb the tougher your skin will become. Also, eting a healthy balanced diet assists recovery. You need cretain vitamins and protiens to repair skin, and all other soft tissue for that matter.


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 Post subject: Re: Finger Tips
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:30 pm 
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so i guess just climbing more is the best solution
thanks for all the advice guys :thumleft:

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 Post subject: Re: Finger Tips
PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 12:40 pm 
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I use a product called "Climb On" works like a charm for me. It has even healed blisters. I found it at my local Gym and have never looked back.


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