To some people, chalk is just...well...chalk! But to climbers, it can mean the difference between getting to the top of a route or not. Climbing chalk helps to combat the sweat produced when we climb, improving friction between the hands/fingers and the rock or climbing holds. It can be a valuable part of your climbing gear, especially on the rare warmer days when the temperatures are not favourable for sending.
Now with specialised formulas, the choice of chalk is quite limitless and the decision to some, can be quite a serious one! It generally comes in three different forms, block, loose, or liquid chalk. Block chalk is a compressed block that you can break up as and when you need it. You can either put it straight into your chalk bag or pop some in a re-usable chalk ball, and the benefits are that you can choose how chunky or fine you want it by how much you smash it up! Loose chalk is already broken up and sold in packets or in ready made chalk balls, and saves the effort of breaking it down. The packets are often resealable too, which can mean less spillage and waste. Liquid chalk is chalk in a liquid form, which you rub over your hands and fingers. When it's dry it leaves a coating, which is great if you don't want a lot of chalk dust and also had advantages when DWS (Deep Water Soloing - climbing above water) because it typically has a longer lasting effect.
We stock a wide range of climbing chalk by leading brands Friction Labs, Metolius and Wild Country, that can be used for all types of climbing and bouldering. It is down to personal preference which one you choose to use, take a look at our collection below and don't forget to check out our latest deals too.