5 Ways to Keep Your Hands Dry While Climbing in the Heat

Climbing Tip- 5 Ways to Keep Your Hands Dry in the Heat

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.

Gold Bond
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.

Sage Tea
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.

Liq­uid Chalk
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).

Tite Grip
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.

Anti­hy­dral
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.