- Numb fingers
- Bad fashion
|We ain't used to this.|
|Beanie stolen from small infant.|
|Mrs Upskill adds a splash of colour to the crag, and puts up a first ascent to boot.|
|Heat packs. Ammo for six shots on the project.|
|"How do you plead?"|
"Your Honor, we plead ... insanity."
|Locate me under that mound of clothing.|
|Michelin man O'Halloran|
|Body fell, fingers remained frozen to the rock.|
Climbing in the cold. I don't know how Dave MacLeod does it. If you have cold weather climbing tips, leave a comment. God knows we could use them.
Well, we might as well compile the little we have learned about climbing on cold rock. Try these tips to get feeling back in your ... tips.
#1 The run around
Before climbing, run around, walk up and down a hill, anything to get your heart rate up. This does seem to be the single most effective way to keep fingers warm enough for a decent go on icy cold rock.
#2 The heat packs
These are little gel packs (see pic above) which you crack and a chemical reaction happens and warms up the pack instantly. A decent level of heat lasts about 20 minutes. You can put them in your chalk bag for long pitches. You could also try a stove, but not in your chalk bag. I'm also not a big fan of people lighting fires at crags, or in chalk bags.
Buy a high quality plastic drink bottle. Buy an insulated sleeve that fits. Fill the drink bottle with the boiling hot beverage of your choice. Stick it inside your down jacket. It will sit on your stomach and your hands are right on it when it's in your pocket. It will pump out dry heat for at least an hour, then you can drink the still warm beverage, then recharge from a thermos. Leave it in your downie on the ground when you're climbing.
|Beth on Meltdown.|
Photo by Corey Rich — Aurora Photos