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Photo Gallery: 9 Photos of Heinous Climber Feet
After six hours at an endurance comp, and being on their second resole, my shoes still turned my feet blue.
Lang Van Dommelen’s feet after the approach to the Arrigetch with a 120-pound pack to climb new routes.
These are the feet of aid lord Hayden Robinson, 21, who made three separate one-day ascents of El Cap this summer.
After a winter tour up the Triglav, my “third ankle” came out.
I quit the foot binding 25 years ago. Now, I wear street-sized shoes when I’m not climbing in approach shoes or barefoot.
New winter boots used on a warm glacial ascent of Mount Shasta (Hotlum-Bolam Ridge) wrecked my feet—but I still made it.
These calluses are permanent.
The sandstone and the shoes conspired to burn red into my feet during a weekend in Indian Creek.
I wore Chacos on a recent first date with a non-climber, and she couldn’t get over my toes. I didn’t get a call back from her.
Climber feet can get pretty gnarly from overly tight shoes causing bunions and hammer toe, to long barefoot descents causing thick calluses and blackened feet. Many climbers have feet that would make Bilbo Baggins shudder.
Against all good judgement, we asked our readers to send us photos of their gross climber feet. We don’t blame you if you don’t want to click the gallery above.