It’s a beautiful summer day and you’re most of the way up a tricky route when your hand peels off, leaving a trail of sweat on the rock. Nothing ruins a day of climbing faster than sweaty hands, but in the summer, it’s tough to avoid the heat. Before your next trip to the crag, try these five tips for drying out your grip.
Apply some Gold Bond to your hands and then chalk up as usual. The idea behind this method is that the Gold Bond dries up the sweat and allows the chalk to more easily adhere to your hands. This is probably the cheapest way to go.
Next time you’re at the grocery store, pick up a box of sage tea. The tannins in the tea are thought to shrink the openings of the sweat glands. Steep five tea bags in a quart of boiling water. Once the tea cools, soak your hands for up to thirty minutes. Repeat nightly.
Rub the liquid chalk on your hands, wait for it to dry, and start climbing. On really hot days, it works well as a base. The initial layer dries out your hands and then you can use regular chalk as needed. Edelweiss and Mammut both sell bottles of liquid chalk, or you can make your own by mixing rubbing alcohol and chalk (1:2).
Designed for golfers, but adopted by climbers, Tite Grip is an antiperspirant lotion. The product gets mixed reviews for its smell, but the overall consensus is that it’s so effective you might not need to use chalk anymore.
his is the most extreme (and expensive) solution.Antihydral was developed to help people with clinically sweat hands, but it’s gaining popularity in climbing, as well as in other sports. The only way to buy it in the US is online through a foosball enthusiast website. Use it twice a day for the first two weeks, then apply as necessary before big climbing days.