Top Tips: How to Make a Free (ish) DWS Chalkbag

Eyeing up the crux on ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ (6a+, S1), Berry Head.

Having been an advocate of deep water soloing for many years means I’ve had my fair share of splashdowns and with that comes the inevitable wet shoes and wet chalkbags. The wet shoes are fine but I got fed up of having to dry out wet chalkbags – maybe I should get better at climbing and fall off less!

Jim taking a splashdown off ‘White Rhino Tea’, (7a) Berry Head.

Usually when you go deep water soloing you have to take a couple of chalkbags with you as once their wet you need to switch to a new one. A solution I’ve come up with means you only need one and once it’s wet you can simply towel it dry, pop some new chalk in and keep on climbing.

My homemade milk bottle DWS chalkbag

It’s nearly free to make, and good for the environment, as your recycling a used milk bottle. All you need to do is cut the top off the milk bottle, pop two holes in the side and thread some cord through to use as a belt, job done. As it’s plastic it holds its shape well, so it’s easy to chalk up and if it gets wet then just towel it dry, pop some more chalk in and keep on climbing. Another variation on this theme is a crisp/peanut packet with the top edges rolled down a few times.

Jim’s homemade ‘wasabi coated peanut’ DWS chalkbag, with a finger tape reinforced top edge!

Written by Jake Phillips, Chief Instructor & Programme Manager.

Jake enjoying a birthday (October) ascent of Electric Blue, Rhoscolyn, E4 5c (6b+, S1???)

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