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Climbing Past Injury

As climbers we demand a lot from our bodies, especially our fingers. Hand injuries are among the most common injuries for rock climbers, and as a result, are also some of the most feared. When I first injured my hand I scoured the Internet looking for the answer to my pain. I read about flexor tendon tears, collateral ligament strains, hairline fractures, and A2 pulley strains and tears. The fear of four to six weeks sidelined seemed to be a growing reality in my mind. Images of tendons snapping like rubber bands and ligaments shredded like corn beef haunted my dreams. As much as I wanted to avoid the hassle of a doctor’s visit, I made an appointment. I wasn’t exactly aware that I had injured my hand when it happened. I was climbing the start of O’Kelley’s Crack (in Joshua Tree National Park), which starts as a thin crack just high enough off the ground to make it a challenge to reach. I repeatedly tried the same strenuous move – left hand in an …