Since I’ve moved to Salt Lake I haven’t stopped climbing. I live at the gym and usually if I’m not in the gym I’m convincing myself that 90 degrees plus are total sending temps (it’s dry so it doesn’t count, right?). The reality is that between belaying children for four hours a day, climbing for three hours for four days during the week, and anywhere between an afternoon to the entire weekend of climbing outside, my hands are trashed.
After trying a particularly shoulder intensive boulder problem I asked a friend of mine, a setter, to help stretch my arm. I was immediately dumbfounded by how soft his hands were compared to my callus crusted plates of hand armor. I have the standard jug rash as well as a thick shelf of callus on my pinky fingers, and if I spend too much time outside, the tips of my fingers will start to flake off, making the thumbprint scanner on my phone useless. My calluses have snagged on dresses, ripped off on holds, and have forever made warming up a painful experience.
Solution? Obviously I should stop complaining and just keep climbing, right? Well, I am going to do that but I’ve also begun using The Jam Salves. I got a of their Hardworking Hands bar and I’ve never been more impressed. Unlike other bars of similar design, the salve doesn’t get stuck on the lid or container, nor does it impact the opening of the container- I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had wrestle lids whose product had melted on to the entire container making it oddly sticky. Despite not being sticky it still leaves my hands feeling perfectly moisturized and not overwhelmingly fragrant. The salve is made using organic beeswax, coconut oil, calendula oil, comfrey oil, castor oil, lavender oil, rosehips oil, teatree essential oil, and aloe vera and it comes in a recyclable metal container. Everything my tree hugging, pebble wrestling, barista heart could desire. If you’re in the market for a new hand salve that keeps your hands well conditioned, try The Jam, their name is pretty dang accurate.