Look at these mitts! Our climber hands take some serious beating.
Don’t even get a climber started on hand care. We climbers are a pretty obsessive bunch when it comes to certain details – shoes, shoe sizing, skin care, humidity, rock types, ropes, gear, grades, beta, etc. We each have opinions on all of it, and some of us love to share these opinions, loudly. In the past we did a post on foot care, and skin care, but so far have managed to tip-toe around this particular topic because we were dreading the angry comments it might inspire. In the end we came up with this: If you ask 100 climbers what the best way to care for hands is, you’ll get 100 different responses. In essence, there is not one “right” way. Everyone’s skin is different and has to do what works for them. So today we’ll share with you some wisdom from skin care specialists and professional climbers alike, and then you can choose to obsess about it however you wish (because that’s just what we climbers do best). Here are some common questions climbers ask about skin care: