Hueco Tanks is known for hard boulders and abusive crimps. Jason Kehl is a master of his domain. Scaring up new lines from the dark recesses of his dungeon made of stone.
Growing up as a climber in the 90's this pace was a mecca. This review...I'm just so...YAY!
Just a few words about the Rhino Skin Solutions Repair cream, which we tested in Font in a not-so-scientific comparison to another cream. #skincaregeeks
Two things happened recently that have prompted the thought that maybe it is time to share some thoughts on the hotly debated (or is it just me?) subject of skin care. First of all, due to unrelated circumstances, I took just shy of 6 months off of climbing - no rock; no resin; not even the trusty Beastmaker. This meant that by the time the traditional springtime pilgrimage to Font rolled around, my skin was delicate and soft, so unlike the hard, calloused exoskeleton I was accustomed to.
Secondly, we were offered a sample of a new hand cream none of us have used before, which came in just a day before the trip. In the name of science, I decided to pack both the new cream and the Rhino Repair - backpack space be damned.
On the evening after the first day of climbing in Font, I could already feel the damage to my fingertips. They were red and painful and certainly did not feel like they were going to last the entire trip. The decision was made to give the new cream a go (since this is a Repair review, not the other way around, the name of this cream will be omitted). Unfortunately, when I woke up in the morning my tips, still visibly pink, were dry and sore. Now, the purpose of this review is not to categorically say that one of these products is rubbish and the other amazing - everyone’s skin is different and the reaction to products will vary, which is important to remember when purchasing any skin care (or taking other people’s advice).
Second day on, as you can imagine, my fingers were not doing any better. The wafer-thin layers of new skin would sweat through the chalk at a lightning-fast speed, and the soreness interfered with my climbing. It was time for the second half of my highly scientific study: the Rhino Repair test. To my surprise this moisturiser did not feel like any other I have tried before, with a slightly “watery” consistency it does not leave any greasy residue on your hands and the feeling that you have anything on your skin disappears completely after about 10 minutes. The smell is very pleasant, if you like tea tree and peppermint that is, and the slight cooling effect brings much desired relief. The following morning my tips were, dare I say it, better than before - well moisturised, with the shade resembling the normal colour of my skin, and tenderness almost completely gone.
With such a large variety of brands and similar products on the market, knowing your options, testing them all out, and sometimes conducting rather random experiments, will result in a skin care routine that works for you specifically. Personally, I found that the Repair worked absolute magic on my skin, and without it this trip would have ended much sooner for me. If you haven’t had a chance to try it yet, feel free to stop by the shop for a small pump from our tester bottle. Alternatively, we can advise you on what other skin care is out there - the advice you are obviously welcome to ignore.
At Rhino we are part of the community. Weather is is supporting our local businesses, climbers or crags you can count on the Skin Abuse Specialist that represent rhino to be always psyched. Whether it is to climb, to share some beta or cheer on one another. Rhino Skin Solutions will help with their skin care but the skin abuse specials are always their own brand of psyched.
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TBP episode 81: Justin Brown and Skin Care for Climbers
Interview with Neely Quinn at: www.trainingbeta.com/
Interview with Kris Hampton with: www.powercompanyclimbing.com/
I was lucky enough to connect with Meg right before the spring thing. She is a super talented artist that has a passion for telling her stories and the stories of others through her media. A mix of photography, painting and structure creates super unique artwork that tells the stories of climbing areas, people and activities. I dont do her any justice here so listen to this and follow her at ConnectWithMeg.com
It was our first foray into the realm of voice recording, It gets loud, it gets drunk and it gets a little messy. But that's what road trips are about. Recorded in the back of a friends Tiger RV we talk with Drew and Cristina Peterson about how they make the climbing life work for them and how they balance life and work.
Drew and Christina work for the National Forest Service during the summer and have been traveling in their off time for quite a while. Lear how they do it. Grab your closest bottle of Tequila and settle in.
Listen and enjoy. Remember we make lotion not radio shows.
Skin In The Game
Home crag or road trip, passion is key. Follow us at Smith Rock or on the road while we chat with other climbers about how they succeed on stone, life and anything else we think of.