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  1. footbeds to prevent shin bang?

    robertjoy, JohnFrieh and rbw1966- Just wanted to thank you for the tips on shin bang. I climbed the last two weekends in my Koflachs and had no shin bang. This past weekend I had two long days with lots of steep climbing and they were so comfortable (and warm! I’m still amazed I can climb in below zero temps and have warm feet). I did get A-line footbeds (comfortable and kept my feet from sliding around, especially going down). I also kept the top part of the boot laced really loosely. I might still get non-plastics at some point but for now, these are great. Thanks again!
  2. footbeds to prevent shin bang?

    Thank you, everyone, for all the tips! I wondered about the lacing. On the last winter hike I did, I ran into two separate guys who had my same boots. I asked if they get shin bang and one said "no, but I lace mine really tight" and the other said "no, but I lace mine really loose". Now I'll keep the upper part looser for most of the time! Robertjoy, I might take my boots in to try on footbeds. I think I have high arches, too. I know the boots are the right size but maybe the footbeds would make them fit even better. Doesn't hurt to try, I guess.
  3. your advice - to climb or not

    I have found that lifting heavy things have irritated my injured tendon (more in the palm of my hand now). Lifting the laundry basket, heavy pots while washing dishes...even holding a heavy squash with my fingers spread (so that I could scoop the seeds out) hurt my tendon. So I haven't been lifting weights. I had thought I could possibly ice climb because gripping doesn't seem to bother it as much. But JayB's point about using the forearm made me reconsider. I could see how the forearm muscle use could put strain on the hand muscles.
  4. footbeds to prevent shin bang?

    Has anyone used footbeds in their plastic boots to prevent shin bang? I got really bad shin bang climbing Mt. Washington last winter. My local shop recommended using Aline footbeds to prevent the shin bang. I'm wary of trying these in case I were to get shin bang again (I was in so much pain by the end of the day). Am I better off getting insulated non-plastic mtneering boots? I do want to get something soon because I've been winter hiking in my leather backpacking boots. My feet end up cold and wet by day’s end, and a bit sore from my crampons....
  5. your advice - to climb or not

    Thanks for the advice, all. As tempted as I am to climb, I’m leaning toward being conservative and letting it heal completely.
  6. Hello- I have lurked but am a new poster here. I’m hoping someone can help advise me... I’m supposed to take an ice climbing course with a friend this weekend but have an injured hand. In mid-Dec. I injured my ring finger tendon while rock climbing so haven’t climbed since. I saw a sports doc who said no rock climbing for 4-6 weeks, ice, and wrap. I no longer have pain in the finger but I do have pain in the palm of my hand, running down from that finger. I’ve ice climbed several times before but never with a hand injury. My question is, will ice climbing this weekend aggravate the rock climbing injury? Or should using an ice axe be okay? Anyone had this experience? I appreciate any advice! Thanks!