Did you know that 32-41°F is the best sending temperature?
Hands and fingers get the best friction near freezing because they don’t sweat; and, climbing shoe rubber is designed to perform best at these temperatures too.
Autumn temperatures can send chills down your spine and make your hands go numb if you’re not ready.
Follow my tips to get psyched and stay toasty during fall sending season.
Take warm/hot drinks. Bring a thermos and/or start with hot water in a regular bottle. Drink the liquid while it’s still warm. Staying hydrated helps keep your strength and body temperature up. You may not think to drink if you’re not sweating and if you’re cold, a cold drink is unappealing. Get a thermos.
Bring plenty of easily digestible snacks, such as GU Stroop waffles. You need calories to climb well and to stay warm.
Take clothes off while exerting; add clothes when not: hat, down/puffy jacket, windbreaker, socks with the feet cut out to cover your lower leg and belay gloves are a few essentials.
Put a hand warmer in your chalk bag, or your sports bra.
Stretch and do air squats before you leave the ground. Cold muscles are stiff and more susceptible to injury. Climb a handful of moderate routes before climbing more difficult routes.
Now, what are you waiting for? Get ready and get out and have some fun!