Making Tape Gloves
Crack climbing frequently involves jamming flesh eating crevices. On
harsh granite, such as that found at Mt
Buffalo, where the routes are tall and sustained, a climber might well
be advised to tape up or risk drawing more than a little blood. Good
technique will save your mitts somewhat, but for most of us, who aren't
crack masters, a decent mauling can be expected.
If you don't mind loosing a bit of arm hair, try the following steps to create a reusable tape
glove. You'll need a roll of adhesive sports tape, 4 or 5 centimetres
wide. Tape can be found in most supermarkets.
Step 1: Make sure your hand is clean and dry, then run a strip
of tape down your hand from the index finger to the wrist. Tear the top of
the strip in half and wrap it around your finger as shown. You want the
tape to be tight, but not restricting movement. Be sure you can still
form a fist. Steps 2,3 & 4: Continue attaching strips to each
finger. Let the strips overlap.
Step 5: Run a strip horizontally across the back of the hand,
around the thumb, and back again. Make sure the movement of the thumb is
not hindered. Step 6: Wrap a strip or two around the wrist to hold
it all in place and there you have it, the tape glove! Repeat for the
Above Left: The palm should be free to make contact with the rock. Above
Right: At the end of the day you can carefully tear the glove off
(ouch! - you didn't need those hairs anyway), leaving it in tact. You
might need to cut it from your wrist. Then
slide it back on again the following day, spruce it up a bit with a strip
or two more around the wrist, and you're ready for more jamming.
If you have the money, and do a lot of crack
climbing it might pay to investigate some of the climbing gloves
available, such as "Hand Jammies" (pictured right) and
"Spider Mitts", that use climbing shoe rubber. I haven't used
these myself, but have read comments both positive and negative. Some say
that gloves, no matter how tight, still slide and the thickness reduces
sensitivity. Others swear by them.
Perfect Tape Gloves - From Rock & Ice Magazine.
Do I Tape For Crack Climbing - From Dawn's TradGirl FAQ.
Your Little Delicate Hands - From a UK web site.
Forum - A topic discussing taping up.
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