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Michelle Webster's picture
Underwater Basket Weaving Champion 2002-2004
Sep 3rd 2015
I have a refillable one. But I don't use it as much as I should, so I haven't had to refill it more than once. #INeedToClimbMore

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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Aug 31st 2015
Hi Camella, The composition of different brands of chalk does differ somewhat although, the main ingredient in all climbing chalk is always Magnesium Carbonate. Many climbers have a "favourite" brand of climbing chalk while others think its pretty much all the same. Perhaps you could compare your own chalk to your friends to see if you can tell the difference? Hope that helps, Dave

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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Aug 31st 2015
Hi Louise, Unfortunately not. There are however, some work arounds. The most simple is to leave your chalk bag at the bottom of your project and simply chalk up before climbing. If you are feeling particularly affluent, then you could buy enough chalk bags so that the first one to take the plunge will have dried out by the time you are falling off with the last. Another method I have heard of, is to cut the bottom off a 2L plastic bottle. If you attach a string to this section of bottle then you suddenly have a quick to dry, re-fillable, wearable chalk bag/bucket! Hope that helps, Dave

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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Aug 31st 2015
Hi Elly, Liquid chalk is certainly growing in popularity; while I wouldn't go as far as saying it is "better" than regular chalk, it does keep your hands dryer for a longer time period. Many climbers use liquid chalk in addition to normal chalk, applying the liquid chalk at the beginning of their session but keeping their regular chalk with them to "top up". On hard red points for example, using this method a climber shouldn't have to dip into their chalk bag so often, wasting less effort and increasing their chances of success. Hope that helps, Dave

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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Aug 31st 2015
Hi Hasse, If you mean removing chalk from holds at your local wall then your best bet is to use a brush. If however, you are talking about holds that you own then there are three tried and tested methods; soaking them in acid (or vinegar), pressure washing them or putting them in the dishwasher.... (more)

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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Aug 31st 2015
Hi Joan, A normal chalk bag will more than suffice. If you're unsure you will have enough chalk then just fill your chalk bag a little fuller than normal, or even take the bag your chalk originally came in. Hope that helps, Dave

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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Aug 31st 2015
Hi Oziel, Climbing brushes are usually much more hardy than your average tooth brush. While some companies still use plastic bristles, the majority use hog or boar hair which is supposedly better for removing chalk from climbing holds. The handles are much stronger also, allowing you to really put the pressure down while scrubbing. Hope that helps, Dave

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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Aug 31st 2015
Hi Rodney, I think if you are just out climbing for a day, then a ping pong sized lump of chalk should be enough. If you overfill you bag then you may end up with more chalk on your hands than you need which is not only wasteful but also not much help when climbing. Everyone will differ in how much their hands will swear and temperatures and rock types will also effect the amount of chalk you use. You should try experimenting to find out what works best for you. Hope that helps, Dave

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