to use Petroleum Jelly, Menthol or Camphor....or not....?
There are tons of "hand repair" products coming out on the market. How do YOU decide which you use.
There are many ingredients from which to choose when creating a moisturizer/skin repair product. We suggest you use truly natural ingredients that actually add something beneficial to the formulation. Beeswax, unrefined, slightly filtered, NOT bleached and processed, adds minerals to the formulation. It's a humectant (draws moisture to the skin). It acts as a barrier from the outside world so it's water resistant. Add natural, unrefined butters such as shea, aloe, mango, coconut, etc for their nutritional value. Use only therapeutic grade essential oils for their healing value. If it's not organic, therapeutic grade, it can easily be adulterated. Did you know only 5% of a product calling itself an essential oil actually has to be an essential oil in order for it to be called "100% pure essential oil?" As an example, you can have a 2 oz bottle of Eucalyptus essential oil according to the label. However, if the label doesn't say therapeutic grade or organic, it can contain a base oil, additives to make it go further and many other things. Organic extracts can be helpful as well. Just be sure to check the quality of product before purchasing.
Food for Climbers By Michael Restivo
Climbing is an intensive and all-committing sport where the body has to be able to support itself with continual movement and energy while ascending the wall. Good training and increased flexibility support climbers but on truly committing routes, it’s essential to keep the body well fed and well hydrated to be able to perform at the maximum capacity, especially on the longest routes.
My favorite style of climbing is in the alpine realm. Alpine climbing involves long routes, usually in a moderate grade, all day continuous climbing, and being able to perform and survive in harsh temperatures, whether on an exposed sunny face, or a cold, snow swept, and windy summit. The food that we carry with us on big peaks or tall rock pillars reflects the changing conditions and the task at hand.
Rock Climbing Tips for Beginners by Gif Zafred
Rock Climbing Tips for Beginners by Guest Contributor Gif Zafred
Are you interested in trying rock climbing? Have you already been to the climbing gym once or twice and were amazed at how hard it felt the first time while the more experienced climbers seemed to float up the wall? Here are three tips aimed at beginner rock climbers that will help you build confidence, have more fun, be able to climb longer due to reduced fatigue, and help you succeed with your first few climbs.