If you’re anything like me, you enjoy getting out into the wild with your beard and having some fun. I’m an avid rock climber, I enjoy the many challenging aspects of the sport, it will push you in every way – physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Something that can easily be overlooked when rock climbing or bouldering is what to do with your beard when climbing. This is particularly true if your beard is long (mine is currently about 12” long). No matter how long your beard is, you’ve invested time growing it and the last thing you want is to find yourself in a situation where you lose some of that growth. I know of at least one individual who got his beard caught while rappelling, losing years of beard growth in the process.
Horror stories like that have kept me on guard and mindful of safety. There are many ways to keep your beard safe while climbing, find what works best for you. In a previous article, Adam Barraclough talked about Beard Safety
and reviewed some options for getting your beard out of the way. Several of the tips there can be applied to climbing and other outdoor activities.
My preferred approach is to tie, braid, or tuck my beard so it’s completely out of the way. You can use a hair tie to gather your beard, a piece of cord or even some scrap tie line will do in a pinch. A simple braid will go a long way as well in corralling the beard to make sure it doesn’t interfere with your process. With either of these options I recommend additionally tucking your beard into your shirt for safe keeping.
This serves a second purpose as well. It keeps the beard flat against your chest, insuring that it will not be blocking your line of sight when reaching for the next hold or looking down to make sure your feet are solidly on the rock. It can be handy to keep a beard ring or a handful of hair ties with your climbing shoes or even in your chalk bag. That way you’re always ready to protect your beard and place your full focus on climbing.
And of course, make sure your post-climb shower regimen includes washing your beard with some beard shampoo
and then conditioning with some beard oil
or Beard Dry Oil
. Exposure to sweat, chalk, sun and dust could leave your beard dried out and in need of some nourishment.
Hopefully these simple tips will help give you peace of mind and keep your beard from any unnecessary peril. If you’ve never given rock climbing or bouldering a try I highly recommend it. It’s an amazing way to connect you and your beard to nature. If you have any questions or you'd like to share your own beard tips for outdoor activities, please leave a comment below!