Your fingers will be some of your most important tools when you take a rock climbing trip, but because of the way you are digging your fingers into crevices and tight places in the rock, your fingers are also one of the first things that will get damaged when you climb. And even though you might be able to finish your day of climbing before they really start to bother you, you will wish for days afterward that you had done something to protect your fingers so that they did not give you problems in the ensuing days.
One of the first things you should do when going climbing is take the time to stretch out your fingers and your wrists; you should do this while you are stretching your arms and legs for climbing – holding your arm straight out in front of you and pulling back your fingers.
You can also warm up your fingers and hands before you start climbing by holding a tennis ball in each hand and squeezing for about two minutes apiece, as you will gain more strength and dexterity in your fingers by doing this.
Another great way to keep your fingers from getting injured is to tape them; the main fingers you should make sure you tape are your ring and middle fingers, taping above and below the first knuckle on each finger, but you can also tape your other fingers if this makes you feel more comfortable climbing. You should not tape your fingers so tightly that you lose circulation, but you should make sure the tape is tight enough that it provides support.
Finally, the absolute best thing you can do to keep your fingers from getting hurt while climbing is to be cautious; after all, you can take all these precautions, and you will still end up hurting your fingers if you are trying to use narrow grabs that your fingers barely squeeze into!
It can be easy to forget all about your hands when you are out there climbing, but you will end up regretting it afterward, so make sure you take care of your fingers as you climb so that you can still feel like going out the next time!