If you have recently started climbing, you may be curious about the different types of chalk and what might be the right one for you. This guide takes you through the different option to help you decide!

Why do climbers use chalk?

We use chalk to help absorb moisture from our hands to help improve grip. Much like a weightlifter also applies chalk, it is the same logic here. However, be careful as too much chalk can have the opposite effect and also leave the holds covered causing less friction between you and the holds!

Chalk Ball

The stable option that is great if you are just starting out. These fabric balls are filled with loose chalk and by squeezing them they release a small amount of chalk into your hand.

Benefits: Simple and low mess

Negatives: Hard to get a lot of chalk out at the same time

Ideal use: For smaller chalk bags and longer roped routes.  


Loose Chalk

Loose chalk is great for filling up a large boulder bucket or topping up your chalk bag. This is chalk in its purest form and enables you to get a lotof chalk on your hands very quickly.

Benefits: Easy to apply and a wide choice of different chalk types available to suit your style.

Negatives: Creates a lot of mess and very easy to over-chalk your hands.

Ideal use: For us in larger boulder buckets


Liquid Chalk

Liquid chalk is the new kid on the block of chalk products (even though it has been around for many years now!). Applied in liquid form, it is fast drying and leaves your hands with a nice even coverage of chalky substance. Can be used on its own or as a base layer before applying other chalk products. There are several liquid chalks around and some have a high alcohol content which is can help with sanitising your hands.

Benefits: Small and compact, easy to apply

Negatives: Tends to wear off quicker and can cause mess if spilled (don’t forget to put the lid back on!)

Ideal use: As a base layer before applying other chalk products.


You can browse all of our chalk options here!

Written by Ben Read

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