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I taped my fingers only when I get cut, otherwise I left my fingers suffer for a while.


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Depends on the crack and how long I'll have to hang on one hand for. Leading an offwidth fist crack, hell yeah! Tape it, baby! Climbing "Hot Cherry Bendover" in Squamish (sustained slightly overhanging 5.11 hard finger crack that seems to be filled with broken glass)? You better believe I'll be taping!!
Otherwise probably not.


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After damaging a ligament in my right middle finger (it popped so loud they heard it thirty feet away) I started taping that finger. It didnt take long to realize that taping increased the strength of the finger, and started taping my three strongest fingers on both hands when climbing mostly hard face routes and cracks. Id say it increased finger strength by at least ten or twenty percent as far as being able to lock off and bumped me up a notch. Not only did I notice an increase in strength but I believe it can protect your fingers from injury in the first place. Gotta buy more tape.


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I agree with Kagunkie, taping helps with finger strength, especially when there is ligament damage.I believe on the harder routes it also helps prevent injury. tape up!


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I heard that taping doesn't prevent ligament or tendon damage, it just keeps the pain down. I'm not sure on that though. Hey if it helps you climb when you probably would have been climbing on it anyway, I can't see it as making a difference.

I only use it to keep flappers closed until I can clip them off cleanly. I've used hols that have been sharp enough to cut me (as have we all), but I fing that tape causes me to lose sensitivity (I guess that's the point) which irritates the hell out of me.


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Apply a narrow band of tape to the second and third didgits only, not the tips. You might notice increased strength without loosing sensitivity. Works for me.





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Do you find that any ligament/tendon injuries are still sore after you untape? I know a couple of people who would tape for that reason and they ended up causing more damage, but it's probably case sensitive and will only be harmful if you are injured in a specific manner.


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Taped once, and the tape sweat/slid off, causing no end of mental irritation. I agree with Kris, I climb using a lot of tactile hold searching/testing and I like the touch sensitivity. I love being able to feel what I'm doing.

And there are many sports doctors, physio, and sports therapists that don't necessarily follow the tapign practice. From what I've eseen, it's spread 50/50.


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Taping is for wusse unless you have a cut then its ok
(If your gonna tape use metolius tape it the best but a pain to tare)It won't slip off


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i tape three of my fingers on each hand for support. got my finger problems from my previous sport


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I always tape up for Joshua Tree cracks:)


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For flappers, try krazy-glue. I s--- you not- it's the stuff!


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i find that i really need to tape my fingers when my skin is ripping apart!!..problem is that i am allergic to tape or anything which is sticky including band aid.....what should i do??


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I tape my fingers when they get cut up, that way it eases the pain and allowes me to climb harder. Also, there's no denyn' Krazy glue...works great on flappers!


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Only when I get hurt wich is not that often.


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damn right kag.


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Okay I have to edit my previous statement. I said I had trie dit once and it pissed me off. Well my current project is a 15 ft (ish) roof crack, and after a month adn a half of bruising etc. I tried it again. This time around my wrists and MAN does it make a difference!! I still don't do my fingers but I can see it's uses now!


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normally i don't tape up but when climbing, say, and really pumpy overhanging climb with lots of crimpers and razor sharp rock, taping the first two joints on all 4 fingers helps TONS. The increase in finger strength is really amazing, when you consider that all you did was put a little tape on your hands...


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I only tape if I get a flapper, or a big cut, otherwise I never tape


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I only tape if I get a flapper, or a big cut, otherwise I never tape


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I only use tape if I have a cut, flapper or blister....otherwise I prefer to get the feel of the rock.


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Definitely tape - it feels way better !!!


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On cracks I always tape, especially hands to fist widths. Does anyone else reuse their tape by making "gloves"? Or am I a weirdo?


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I usually tape the backs of my hands and around the wrists when climbing crack. You don't want gobbies there they hurt. I occasionally tape fingers at the base of my fingers, but usually only if I am injured. I have never taped tips. Krazy glue is the bomb!!!

Hey glove boy!!! Everyone who climbs crack on a regular basis tries to save their "gloves" you end up using so much tape that it is worth it. Don't sweat it.

Paul

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