Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Super Glue: a climber's secret weapon

Fingers after a proud effort on the Incredible Hulk in the Eastern Sierras

There are climbing areas where the rock and style of holds conspire to separate your finger from your nail.  Sierra granite and Red Rock sandstone come to mind.  It's like the old torture with the bamboo splinters under your nail.

The good news is that you can treat these wounds with Super Glue.  If you're really smart, you'll foresee the insidious grit and apply the glue under your nail before you climb.  Unstoppable.


  1. The next logical step? Crafting a permanent solution with epoxy.

  2. The stuff is also great for keeping tape from peeling up and for holding it in place over flappers. On the toxicity question, how about medical super glues?