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Jens

Finger Pads and water?

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Any thoughts on whether or not to try to keep your finger pads from pruning up in the water? One climber I know has a phobia of getting his fingers wet for more than a few minutes as he thinks

he'll be toast on his routes.

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Any thought on fingernail length? Shape?

My thoughts: Short nails are better for crimps and pockets whereas longer nails are better on slopers.

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I keep my nails short. otherwise they get in the way when I'm fighting ninjas.

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If your tips are calloused, yes, soaking them in water for long periods of time will soften the callouses and degrade them. As far as affecting your climbing ability, no. That's just someone with a problem known as "Obsessive Compulsive Disorder," trying to persuade you with his fear mongery.

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