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Take Care of Your Hands: Metolius Climber's Hand Repair Balm

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With the fall and winter dry seasons coming up, split tips, cracked knuckles, and flaky skin will begin to plague climbers, and hand care will become crucial. There’s almost nothing more annoying than when you feel strong but can’t touch the rock because your hands are a tattered, bloody mess. Metolius brings a strong solution to the table with the METOLIUS CLIMBER’S HAND REPAIR BALM ($5.95/.5 oz, $9.95/1 oz; metoliusclimbing.com). In true Pacific Northwest fashion, all the herbs in the Hand Repair Balm are locally grown and harvested in Oregon, not to mention organic. It also has antiseptic/antifungal qualities, which prevent infection in those deep splits, and the best part is you can pronounce all the ingredients listed on the back of the canister, including chamomile, St. John’s wort, aloe vera, and cocoa butter. It absorbs into the skin quickly, isn’t greasy, and has a pleasant scent. This convenient little canister even fits into that seldom-used pocket on your chalk bag or chalk pot. —Julie Ellison