Saturday, January 2, 2010

Calluses Rising

I felt like it would be a good day for rock climbing and my instinct was right. I was more relaxed plus I had watched some videos and read some tips.

I found this info in Indoor Rock Climbing Information and Tips! particularly helpful.

8. Climb in an X shape with your hips being the middle of the X. Hang with your arm straight. Your skeleton can take much more of a load than your muscles can. If the heel of your foot is hanging too far down you may notice your leg start to shake like a “sewing machine”. This is very common occurrence, simply apply more weight to your toes so your calf muscle spasm can stop.
I made it up my nemesis, the 5.8 Face Plant route and I also made it up another 5.8. I had some false starts, takes and marching orders from Patti who, I believe, said finish the freakin' route (newest and scarier 5.8 nemesis). I was about two holds away from the top when I thought I couldn't make it. Jessica said that her mom does not use freakin' very often. Patti was a firecracker all morning and I did finish the route. LOL.

I was surprised, though, when Patti told me that she didn't feel like an athlete. Okay, the woman is a great rock climber and that, alone, qualifies her for athlete status.

Here's the Dynamic Duo (i.e. my main rock climbing partners in crime) waiting for a route to clear.

And here are my budding calluses:

Corns and calluses are caused by pressure or friction on skin. A corn is thickened skin on the top or side of a toe, usually from shoes that do not fit properly. A callus is thickened skin on your hands or the soles of your feet.

The thickening of the skin is a protective reaction. For example, farmers and rowers get callused hands that prevent them from getting painful blisters. People with bunions often develop a callus over the bunion because it rubs against the shoe.

Neither corns nor calluses are serious conditions.

I've been finding some short but helpful videos about rock climbing. This guy says it helps if you climb with someone who climbs at or above your level and the Dynamic Duo definitely fit the bill in the above category, I might add.


  1. Oh, I love rock climbing!! I haven't been in a year I believe.

  2. My boyfriend, the Chileno, is really into rock climbing. He's a monkey, I swear. Sometimes after we go jogging he runs over to the jungle gym at the little park by his house and jumps to the top. Then he looks down on me like " What's taking you so long?" Oh just a near paralyzing fear of heights and really bad coordination.

  3. I wanted to rock climb in Philly with the family during our summer staycation, but they got attitudes and said it was stupid. I disagree!

    I'm gonna go rock climb by myself. Humphf!

    Thanks for reminding me to put this on my list of adventures for 2010!

  4. @Nicci_NiftyEats and @Yum Yucky,

    I hope that you both get to go rock climbing soon. ;)

    @Sara That's so cute that your BF takes on the jungle gym. Re: your fear of heights, your focus will be solely on getting to the top of the wall. You won't notice how high up you are until you get to the top and, then, you'll want to come down. ;)