My main problem when bouldering and sometimes while climbing is, that after some time the skin/flesh of my middle and lower phalanges start to hurt and the skin comes off so further climbing becomes nearly impossible. The timespan until this happens differes and I can't see any progression over time or that bigger timespans between my climbing sessions would lead to better conditions. It seems to me that this isn't a problem of training, but of poor preparation/condition which lead to a bad form of the day for my fingers.

So my question would be, is there anything I can do between the days of climbing to strengthen and prepare my finger skin/flesh to make it last longer?

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  • The first one is about strength which I'm not missing, the second seems to match my needs. Thank you
    – Gistiv
    Commented Jan 19, 2018 at 9:37
  • Yeah, I saw the answer doesn't quite answer the question being asked so I've added an additional one that probably covers your question better outdoors.stackexchange.com/a/18273/2766
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    Commented Jan 19, 2018 at 9:51

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There are some things that can prevent the skin from tearing off and getting the so-called "flappers":

First, learn to control your center of gravity and your contact points with the wall so that you can make as many moves as possible statically:


Because dynamic moves tend to result in stronger peak forces you need to absorb with your hands and your skin.

Second, avoid over-gripping large holds: enter image description here

Overgripping results in more lateral forces on the skin of your fingers, which increases the chance of flappers.

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