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Brushing holds on routes

Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2011 1:28 pm
by Justin
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)

Re: Brushing holds on routes

Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2011 5:16 pm
by mullet
Well said and damn straight! :thumleft:

Re: Brushing holds on routes

Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2011 6:15 pm
by andrew87001
just purchased a wisdom 99 denture brush :thumright best for the job i have seen so far!

Re: Brushing holds on routes

Posted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 12:24 pm
by Leebo
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?

Re: Brushing holds on routes

Posted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 4:37 pm
by brianweaver
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.

LEARN THE ETIQUETTE! Leave the rock as you would like to find it...

Re: Brushing holds on routes

Posted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 4:30 pm
by Matt11
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.

Re: Brushing holds on routes

Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 4:42 am
by Beaulah
Yes, I have the same question, why? ?

Re: Brushing holds on routes

Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 5:38 am
by Marshall1
:idea:

Re: Brushing holds on routes

Posted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 12:49 pm
by XMod
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.