Tape

Athletic tape can protect hands from abrasion against rock, especially when climbing difficult jam cracks. There are a number of different taping methods, but no matter what the method, the tape must stay securely in place and not begin to peel off part way up a pitch. The tape also must protect

Fig. 9-1. Rock shoes: a, all-around shoe; h, more specialized edging shoe; c, slipper.

vulnerable areas, especially knuckles and the back of the hand, while allowing maximum freedom of hand movement (fig. 9-2). A common mistake is to wrap the tape too tightly.

Some taping methods leave most of the palm untaped to increase sensitivity to the rock. Tape can also be used to provide support and/or protection for finger joints that are easily overstressed by difficult rock climbing or vigorous training.

Fig. 9-2. Hand taped for climbing: back of hand and knuckles are protected; palm is mostly left open.

Fig. 9-1. Rock shoes: a, all-around shoe; h, more specialized edging shoe; c, slipper.

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