Help me leather up the fingers.
October 27, 2011 10:31 AM Subscribe
I've been rock climbing for about a year, so I feel this should be obvious by now...but it's not: How do I build calluses/decrease skin sensitivity on the segments of my fingers other than
posted by psoas to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
After all this time (going to a climbing gym usually about twice a week and doing cross-training exercise like yoga on other days), I hoped that my endurance would develop. It hasn't: I usually max out at about an hour bouldering, maybe two if I'm toproping with a partner. Part of it is that my tendons/forearms get stiff & weak after a few routes (which I at least know how to deal with
), but the other part of it is that the skin on my finger pads (particularly on the joint nearest my knuckles--the proximal phalanges, I guess) gets rubbed raw and it becomes too painful to grip onto the holds.
I have a Gripmaster
for building finger strength with callus-builder caps
, which is fine for the tips of my fingers, but is there anything good for toughening up the rest of my fingers?