My pad got skunked what should I do?


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Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Apr 5, 2013 - 01:30am PT
Return it at REI.
Big Mike

Trad climber
Apr 5, 2013 - 01:32am PT
Ya! Story story story! ;)
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 5, 2013 - 01:35am PT
Bloody Hell! It's Bloody Marys for the Duration now! LOL

Sorry that you have to deal with this brother.

I had to drive a skunked german shepherd home from a hike in my parent's car on Saint Patrick's Day long ago. Finished up in the bar...

The smell did go away by and by but a spray-on remedy has to exist by now.

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Apr 5, 2013 - 02:53am PT
I know a thing or maybe two about skunks, from direct experience. I know the range of their spray, the pattern ( about 5" @ arm-length ), and even the look in a skunk's eyes at the exact moment he cuts loose ( Yes, you can see the skunk's face and its ass at the same time when it's spraying you, because the skunk curls into a "U" shape when it sprays so it can see its target and therefore "aim" better )

If a skunk sprayed inside your place, first thing I'd wonder is what the hell you were up to, to make that happen.


Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Apr 5, 2013 - 08:47am PT
Did you send the problem? Or did you get skunked on that too?

Trad climber
Where the Hoback and the mighty Snake River meet
Apr 5, 2013 - 08:55am PT
baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Took *most* of the smell off my dog. Also bleached his coat a little bit red (he was mostly black). Dog groomer covered up the rest of the funk with emu oil for his wrecked coat and doggie cologne. He smelled like a french gigolo for a few days.

But a bouldering pad? I dunno. Try degreaser first, like 409. There is also that formula for getting pet stains & smells out of carpet. Miracle something. (Help me out peeps, white bottle with red print.)

But in the end, you will probably, toss it and buy a new one.

And of course, Yer Gunna Die! or at least break an ankle if you keep that pad thing up.

Boulder, CO
Apr 5, 2013 - 09:45am PT
"pad" can mean so many things these days....

Big Wall climber
Sierra Madre & McGee Creek, Ca.
Apr 5, 2013 - 10:25am PT
There is a product called "Natures Miracle" that consists of enzymes that does a good job of neutralizing the skunk smell. Available in pet stores. Similar product called skunk off.
the Fet

Apr 5, 2013 - 10:57am PT
As mentioned baking soda and hydrogen peroxide with a little dish soap, recipes linked above. And use it right after you mix it. The chemical reaction breaks down lots of smelly organic compounds. Should get rid of 90% of the smell. Dry it out it in the sun the rays will also break down smells.

If that doesn't work try some of the commercial pet products, but I'm sure they are more expensive.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 5, 2013 - 12:22pm PT
I was showing a new friend my special place when it just happened the pad absorbed most of the nastiness, but before that it was oh so good. Will post pictures later.

Dingleberry Gulch, Ideeho
Apr 5, 2013 - 12:32pm PT
Skunks smell? Huh? That's weird.
gonzo chemist

Fort Collins, CO
Apr 5, 2013 - 01:42pm PT
Hossjulia wrote:

"But a bouldering pad? I dunno. Try degreaser first, like 409."

That won't do jack sh#t. The smelly component of the several molecules that make up skunk odor is called a "thiol." Its basically a sulfur atom with other stuff covalently bonded to it. The only way to really neutralize the smell is to oxidize the thiol up to a sulfinic acid. This has the added benefit of being mildly water-soluble in pH>7 aqueous solutions.

Also, leaving it out in the sun to dry is a good idea. Take advantage of that photo-initiated radical oxidation pathway.

You might also be able to "Febreeze" it. The patented cyclodextrin molecules in Febreeze will trap the odor molecules. But you're still in the unenviable position of having to wash it all off though.


Trad climber
Apr 5, 2013 - 07:34pm PT
Got skunked once. My friend and I were sleeping under the stars. We wake up to hear something rustling in the bushes just in front of us. Friend decides to hit it with a headlamp. Fortunately the bag took the worst of it.

By the way, it looks like the topo now has spell check...

Apr 5, 2013 - 07:39pm PT
listen to the chemist (i.e. the guy using scientific principles to come up with an answer)

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Apr 5, 2013 - 07:52pm PT
Nah, science can't be trusted, nor can google. Just listen to Ron.

Ron, what do your brothers say about getting the skunk smell out?

Social climber
So Cal
Apr 5, 2013 - 08:52pm PT
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 5, 2013 - 09:46pm PT
Credit: mike m
Credit: mike m
Credit: mike m
Some of the goods we were on before the traumatic ending.
Credit: mike m
Tried to find some pictures of the location of the stinking, but could only find climbing shots. Oh well our stuff including Jack's brand new pack seem to not smell any more today, but my buddies dog got it real good. He was put in the garage and the garage even stunk today. Thank god for my pad or I may have been sleeping in the garage last night as well.

Trad climber
Western America
Apr 5, 2013 - 10:13pm PT
Abandon the pad! Do not touch it. Stay upwind of it as you run away. Do not put it in your car!

For skunked animals you need to go full Andromeda Strain on them. Suit up hazmat style with bottled air or your wife will make you sleep outside with
the dog after any cleaning attempts.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 5, 2014 - 06:41pm PT
Here is to sh#t starts.

Ice climber
BrujÚ de la Playa
Dec 5, 2014 - 06:45pm PT
What did you do to provoke the skunk?

I had a little family living under the house for a while and they never skunked anybody including "Big Mike" my very large cat, who used to play cat and skunk with them frequently.

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