Climbers love chalk, there’s no denying it.
Liquid chalk is a neat little tool I have recently come to love. It sounded a lot messier in my head, which was why I was resistant to try it in the first place. But, it’s actually very simple and easy to use… and make!
Like most things, you can buy this pre-made from many different outdoor companies (Mammut and Flashed to name a couple), but where’s the fun in that? Also, depending on the brand you’re buying, it comes out cheaper to make yourself. Woo! I made mine for 6$, but it would have been cheaper if I bought a larger volume of chalk to work with.
how does it work?
Liquid chalk goes on wet when applied to your hands, but when you rub it in and let it set, the alcohol dries leaving nothing but chalk behind. This results in the ability to spread the chalk much more evenly over your hands, which of course results in grippier digits. Liquid has a way of reaching even the smallest of cracks that solids just can’t reach. Liquid chalk is praised for its longer wear, which allows you to chalk up less while also leaving less residue on holds or equipment which is essential for places that ban or frown upon chalk. It’s a climber’s (or weight lifter’s) best friend! It is used often by a vast array of professional climbers and athletes. So yeah, it works.
For even grippier fingers, I usually chalk up with regular dried chalk after as well.
what you need:
- 70% Isopropyl Alcohol (rubbing alcohol)
- empty bottle (ie. lotion bottle, shampoo bottle, etc.)
- mix 2 parts chalk to 1 part alcohol. How much you make depends on how much chalk/alcohol you bought, but also the size of your container. I’ve made a fairly large batch, and plan on storing it in a regular sized container to refill a smaller container I’ll use at the gym.
- Blend until toothpaste like texture, adding more chalk or alcohol if needed.
how to use:
- squeeze a dime shaped amount on your hands and smooth around like you were putting on hand lotion.
- wait a few seconds and your hands will turn white! This means you’re good to go!
I hope you enjoyed this, and that it works for you! I had a hard time blending it in my big blender, so perhaps a magic bullet sized machine would fair better. All in all, I’m quite pleased with the result and I can’t wait to use it tonight at the gym! 🙂
Climb on xx