How to Mend Common Climbing Injuries

The products the pros use to keep their hands and feet happy and healthy

Sasha DiGiulian sands her callouses and applies moisturizer. (Cameron Maier)

We spoke to a couple professional climbers about how they treat their various rock-related ailments. Take heed from these self care experts. 


Problem: Sore forearms and calves

Solution: Tennessee boulder­ing legend Jimmy Webb uses a foam roller, like Trigger Point’s Grid ($40), to warm up his muscles before and prevent tendonitis after.


Problem: Chewed-up hands

Solution: At the end of a hard day, three-time U.S. sport-climbing champ Sasha DiGiulian sands down the calluses on her palms and moisturizes with Joshua Tree Skin Care Climbing Salve ($18). In the event of a flapper—a dangling dermal patch caused by a fall from a rough hold—snip the skin, moisturize the spot, cover it with a Band-Aid, and then wrap the whole thing in ath­letic tape.


Problem: Cracked feet

Solution: Alex Honnold showers sporadically, so his skin stays dry and tough for free solo­ing. But that can lead to split soles. If you mainly climb indoors, apply ProFoot’s Heel Rescue ($6) daily.


Problem: Ripe-smelling shoes

Solution: Pro climber and BASE jumper Steph ­Davis uses Dry Pointe inserts ($12.50 for two) to suck moisture out of her shoes and fight off bacteria.

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