Brushing holds on routes

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Brushing holds on routes

Post by Justin » Fri Oct 28, 2011 1:28 pm

I was watching Joe Mohle check out the moves on 'Cool Like That' last weekend and he made the observation that sport climbers generally don't brush holds. We all know why we brush holds, don't we?

So... attach a brush to your chalkbag and give your favourite route a once over 8)
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Re: Brushing holds on routes

Post by mullet » Fri Oct 28, 2011 5:16 pm

Well said and damn straight! :thumleft:
...Chalk is cheap...

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Re: Brushing holds on routes

Post by andrew87001 » Fri Oct 28, 2011 6:15 pm

just purchased a wisdom 99 denture brush :thumright best for the job i have seen so far!

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Re: Brushing holds on routes

Post by Leebo » Sat Oct 29, 2011 12:24 pm

Maybe off topic a bit but I would be interested to get people's opinions on the ticking of holds with chalk. When is it acceptable, when is it not? Is it general etiquette to brush them off when you are done working the route?

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Re: Brushing holds on routes

Post by brianweaver » Sat Oct 29, 2011 4:37 pm

To me, ticking and brushing go hand-in-hand. One should brush a route every time one cleans it and the same goes for tick marks. One should feel free to place small tick marks (maybe an inch or two in length) for hard to find holds but should make sure to properly clean both the hold and tick marks afterward. I have given a few people a stern talking to after seeing ridiculous tick marks being placed on jugs or climbers not carrying toothbrushes.

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Re: Brushing holds on routes

Post by Matt11 » Sun Oct 30, 2011 4:30 pm

For Onsight climbing, seeing massive tick marks pointing out crucial holds as you climb up the route kinda defeats the object to me.. Might as well have all the Beta before you head up the route. So i agree that tick marks should be removed on routes that are often climbed by others. It's obviously a different story if it's a closed project and/or only a handful of climbers are working the route.

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Re: Brushing holds on routes

Post by Beaulah » Tue Mar 06, 2012 4:42 am

Yes, I have the same question, why? ?

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Re: Brushing holds on routes

Post by XMod » Sat Mar 10, 2012 12:49 pm

Yes guys please brush the holds off (and tick marks if you are done with a climb). I would like to add; how to brush holds - brush them like tou are supposed to brush your teeth, small circular movements only. Vigorous back and forth brushing, particularly with a stiff nylon brush like a denture brush, will polish the holds over time, even on our seemingly bulletproof sandstone. This is not desirable so brush gently. The boar hair brushes sold at City Rock are a way better choice for hold brushing than nylon, not to mention not being made from petroleum by-products.

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