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A7U

Hydrophobic chalk

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OK so I wore rock shoes for the 1st time last Wednesday. My hands sweated. Then it poured rain.

 

I'm shopping for chalk and all I can find is water-absorbing chalk. Hydrophillic, y'know? That's BS. What do I do when it rains? What good does the chalk do then? I need water-RESISTANT chalk.

 

Also, how do I get it on the holds? I've been loading 12 gauge shotgun shells with chalk all afternoon. That's the only thing I can think of, shoot the damn stuff up there, but how come they don't mark the holds so I know where to aim?

 

And I forgot to mention about Wednesday---so there I am, hanging like a hound on 5.5, my belayer's some young Scots punk, he's yelling at me, "aye that's it ya friggin yankee wanker, lather it on!" as I glop out handfuls of liquid chalk, handfuls of it dripping down the choss like pterodactyl droppings...

 

This sport climbing stuff is way harder than anyone told me.

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skyclimb said:

NOT EVERYTHING IS BETTER WHEN WET! cry.gif

 

Fuckin' A, dood! You are SO 21st century!

 

Ole might need dat talcum powder (ehyeww, I just noticed a disgusting joke) while Lena needs dat Miracle-Gro---dry, wet---some days how can you predict?

 

We can gape at the heavens or we can take action: we need chalk research.

 

Kerosene is both a lubricant (=has persistance) and a penetrant (=volatile.) What I'm seeing here---work with me---is something we can market. I'm telling ya, in the Pac NW, there's money to be made with hydrophobic chalk.

 

"Chalkosene" or "Kerochalk," is that floating your boat?

 

Soak chalk in kerosene, then dry it---there you go. Load it into your chalk bag, lined now with Hypalon. (Yer neoprenes & nylons don't do so well against long-chain hydrocarbons)

 

The organic hydrocarbons coated on the chalk pass right through the fatty cells in yer skinflesh & bond the Kerochalk to your fingermeat. Rain is TOAST against Kerochalk! It can be raining frogs but while you're up there screaming for tension on 5.5, that chalk is even soaking into your fingernails. It's that good.

 

Yet, scrape the glop off the five-fingered sisters onto the weeping rock---perv, I'm talking about the chalk---and !presto! them big rock crystals are soakin' up the kerosene and making a serious durable bond chalk-to-rock. It's yer capillary transport goin on there. For your hopheads, it's like when you slam that cold longneck's bottom flat down onto the table and the whole bottle empties before you can say "dollar twenty five wasted!"

 

Oh baby. Pretty soon I'm having my picture taken with Lynn Hill and Tami Knight, oh yehhh...

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You're lucky. I sweat like a hooker in church as it is, get me scared shitless on some hot rock in summer and it's even worse. I'll take my chalk aid thanks. bigdrink.gif

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Josh, I know a guy whos hands sweat so bad that the chalk turns into library paste. Yuck.

 

I heard about this cloth ball thingy filled with some material that sucks up the water from your hands. You kind of roll it around in your hands and it dries them without a lot of chalk. Know any thing about that?

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Last night a group was given the advice to wear vapor barrier socks but spray their feet with anti-perspirant first.

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catbirdseat said:

Josh, I know a guy whos hands sweat so bad that the chalk turns into library paste. Yuck.

 

I heard about this cloth ball thingy filled with some material that sucks up the water from your hands. You kind of roll it around in your hands and it dries them without a lot of chalk. Know any thing about that?

 

That sounds really cool. I wonder where i can get one of those things? confused.gifyelrotflmao.gif

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JUST DONT USE POF.

 

IF YOU DONT KNOW WHAT POF IS, DONT USE IT.

 

 

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Dr_Flash_Amazing said:

erik said:

JUST DONT USE POF.

 

IF YOU DONT KNOW WHAT POF IS, DONT USE IT.

 

 

What if you're in ... THE FOREST?! shocked.gif

 

 

erik said:

JUST DONT USE POF.

 

IF YOU DONT KNOW WHAT POF IS, DONT USE IT.

 

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Isn't POF the resin that the French bastards use to glue their hands to non-existant holds? POF is AID! madgo_ron.gifmadgo_ron.gifmadgo_ron.gifmadgo_ron.gifmadgo_ron.gifmadgo_ron.gifmadgo_ron.gifmadgo_ron.gifmadgo_ron.gifmadgo_ron.gifmadgo_ron.gifmadgo_ron.gifmadgo_ron.gifmadgo_ron.gifmadgo_ron.gif

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Charlie said:

This whole thread is Bizarre.

 

Bizarre? I went to your website. Talk about bizarre! Other than guns, porn, and climbing, you creep me out. Pot calling the kettle black.

 

Automatic weapons are aid. There, I said it.

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catbirdseat said:

I heard about this cloth ball thingy filled with some material that sucks up the water from your hands. You kind of roll it around in your hands and it dries them without a lot of chalk. Know any thing about that?

 

Yeah, they suck. I tried one. Tennis players use them too. Never did much for me.

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Isn't POF the resin that the French bastards use to glue their hands to non-existant holds? POF is AID! madgo_ron.gifmadgo_ron.gifmadgo_ron.gifmadgo_ron.gifmadgo_ron.gifmadgo_ron.gifmadgo_ron.gifmadgo_ron.gifmadgo_ron.gifmadgo_ron.gifmadgo_ron.gifmadgo_ron.gifmadgo_ron.gifmadgo_ron.gifmadgo_ron.gif
I saw this on rec.climbing: "John Sherman, "Stone Crusade:"

 

Many climbers are eager to emulate the highly successful French

climbers, and rightly so. They can teach us much about training,

injury prevention, technique, and fashion. Nevertheless, we should

learn not just from their successes but from their mistakes as well:

The use of rosin being their foremost blunder. The use of rosin (pof)

is unacceptable anywhere in the United States. NO POF. POF VERBOTEN.

It forms a slick buildup on holds and will not wash off. With

continued use it permanently alters the rock, forming a glassy surface

impossible to grip without more rosin. Rosin is commonly carried in

tied-up dishtowels that resemble miniature halloween ghosts. The pof

rag is whacked against holds and rubbed on boots. If you see climbers

using rosin, kindly ask them no to. If they persist in using it, take

their pof rag away from them and tar and feather their sorry asses."

 

So, do the French REALLY use rosin on climbs? To what extent? From what I've been able to find, it is mostly inconjunction with bouldering. I haven't heard of it being used here, thank God.

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