Trip Report
Lee Nails
Friday July 19, 2013 10:29am
I've had athletes foot since a pair of steel toed cowboy style construction boots when I was 22. Repeated chronic use of cramped size 39 EB's for five years before that may have paved the way. The subsequent thirty five years of tight climbing shoes haven't helped at all.

Then there's the cracks; heel, arch, mid foot, ball. The fact that I live in flip flops when not in climbing, running or ski shoes have allowed them to erode in deeply.
In 2010 Lind Lu mentioned that I should see the foot shaman.
"Hunh?"
"Get a pedicure"
Fear of stepping into the dreaded "Nail Salon" kept me away for the next few years. I was resolved to do it, but only when I had a girl to go with me, hold my hand, show me the ropes. Male brute that I am I had an innate fear of "doing it wrong" perhaps saying the wrong thing and embarrassing myself forever!

Then in Moab, I learned that local alpha male The Larry had his done. And his tootsies were all over the Instagram nation. I got a refferal for Lee Nails from him. i was almost ready to take. Still, he had had a girl with him to pop his nail cherry.
I had no resources in this regard.
I would have to go it alone, Solo, as it were!
The approach was brutal but the situation was desperate!
Credit: Jaybro
Credit: Jaybro

Time for specialized gear!
Credit: Jaybro

Oh yeah, baby that's the stuff,
"I'm gonna get me one of them massage chair foot bath combos for my man cave, and watch NFL"-The Larry -paraphrase

"I cannot shave anymore off because of how deep the cracks are. I'll fill them with glue. We get that part next time."
Fair enough
Credit: Jaybro
Credit: Jaybro

Check these babies out!
Credit: Jaybro
An invert in TC pros today feels like I'm wearing bedroom slippers!
Do it today!

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Jaybro
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Jaybro is a social climber from Wolf City, Wyoming

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Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
  Jul 19, 2013 - 10:33am PT
Green goes good with your dreamy eyes, jaybro. Well done.

DMT
Captain...or Skully

climber
in the oil patch...Fricken Bakken, that's where
  Jul 19, 2013 - 10:33am PT
I've always found The Larry to be a wise & good counsel.
10b4me

climber
  Jul 19, 2013 - 10:36am PT
Hahahaha!
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
  Jul 19, 2013 - 10:43am PT
I get the same caloused/cracked feet in the summer as well.
I use a single edged razor blade to cut the dead skin away,
works good, just don't slip!
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
  Jul 19, 2013 - 10:50am PT
Pumice stone, boys. A little safer than hacking on your feet with razor blades. Prep with epsom salt footbath first, then dry and use the stone. Don't ask why I know this, I'm trying to forget her.


Just one question Jaybro: Did you pick that color?
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
  Jul 19, 2013 - 10:56am PT
Thanks for sharing, Jaybro. More men would benefit from following your and The Larry's lead on this important topic.
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
  Jul 19, 2013 - 11:08am PT
john deere stocks a durable green enamel, lunch bucket and available matching cap
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
  Jul 19, 2013 - 10:58am PT
Here ya go!

Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Author's Reply  Jul 19, 2013 - 11:03am PT
I've tried Epsom salts, Johnson's foot soak, emery paper, gritstones, pumice, deemed tools, you name it. This is the shit! Yes will, I did, pick this color. I wanted mythos mauve, but of the choices I was given I liked jade the best.
Daphne

Trad climber
Northern California
  Jul 19, 2013 - 11:33am PT
Awesome TR! Thanks for taking care of those feet, finally! Let's go do it together when I am there in October :)

Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Author's Reply  Jul 19, 2013 - 01:21pm PT
It's a date!
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
  Jul 19, 2013 - 01:50pm PT
When I get there this fall need your recommendation! I never leave home without the name of the best pedicurest in my hip pocket. Good choice of color....
Never heard of glue in the cracks....Wowsa yours musta been crevices!

Susan
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
  Jul 19, 2013 - 01:54pm PT
I thought this was going to be about some guy named Lee doing a desperate aid route.

I'd gladly take one of those foot swirlees. Think I'd go with silver nail polish though.
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
  Jul 19, 2013 - 02:01pm PT
Whenever I see those spacers between the toes (usually on my wife's feet), I think of Zonker in "Doonesbury" and his use of those spacers to make sure his feet have the perfect tan.

Your reference to five years in size 39 EB's really hit home to me. I can measure my slide from serious to comfort-driven in the size of my climbing shoes. At Berkeley I wore 5 narrow PA's until my senior year in 1973, when I switched to size 37 EB's. By the time the decade ended, I was up to size 39 EB's. I'm reasonably sure the size of my feet didn't change during that time.

John
Norwegian

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
  Jul 19, 2013 - 06:16pm PT
i dont get it.

is it just the foo-foo treatment
that cures the fungal demons?

or is that green paint medicinal / anti fungal?

it doesn't make sense that a simple
soak, file and paint job
would cure the athlete's foot?

uh,
the reason i ask is that my 9 year old
daughter contracted my foot fungus thru
shared toe-nail clippers,
(our pediatrician threw me under the bus)
and my wife is ultra-begrudged about it.
so if i could remedy my daughter's
case then i could probably better
service the wife's ovulations.
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
  Jul 19, 2013 - 02:27pm PT
Oh poor Tami. I hope you didn't tell her I sent you. She might take it out on my feet next time. Haha. She is a miracle worker. That's a pretty proud solo by the way.

100+ desert flip flop miles and still going strong.

Safety first.
Safety first.
Credit: The Larry

ag.Fox

Trad climber
Reno, NV
  Jul 19, 2013 - 02:39pm PT
The approach was brutal but the situation was desperate!

Funny stuff, mate.
Do they honor AARP coupons?
LuckyPink

climber
the last bivy
  Jul 19, 2013 - 02:46pm PT
good one Jay! and COURAGEOUS and Weegie your daughter will love the nail salon lots of girls her age there and yes they do the best job and use antifungals and it's worth the minimal outlay but you know your daughter could get that anywhere, yeast is pervasive in the world I doubt it was the use of clippers alone
goatboy smellz

climber
लघिमा
  Jul 19, 2013 - 05:14pm PT
I find surfing in salt water for a couple of months cured all my skiing and climbing foot aliments.

But nevermind, I know how you city boys like to get dress upped, put on your fancy pants and roll about town, so I wont say anything more.











































Ron Anderson Photo
nutjob

Sport climber
Almost to Hollywood, Baby!
  Jul 19, 2013 - 04:20pm PT
A little too much testosterone in this thread for me.

Two thumbs up for taking care of the feet!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
  Jul 19, 2013 - 04:25pm PT
hhmmmm you get away with that in Wyoming ? ;-)
goatboy smellz

climber
लघिमा
  Jul 19, 2013 - 04:26pm PT
Low T Brah!
Rudder

Trad climber
Costa Mesa, CA
  Jul 19, 2013 - 04:35pm PT
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
  Jul 19, 2013 - 04:58pm PT
I agree with Goatboy. The ocean works. Wonder if the great salt lake would do the same?
goatboy smellz

climber
लघिमा
  Jul 19, 2013 - 06:08pm PT
The Great Salt Lake should work but you will smell like a Mormon afterward and your hair will turn blonde.

Salty!

oh chit, I'm still talking, better check out soon.

kunlun_shan

Mountain climber
SF, CA
  Jul 19, 2013 - 05:24pm PT
Nice backdrop of The Skis, The Larry!
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
  Jul 19, 2013 - 05:53pm PT
It won't be the first time I've smelled like a morman.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
  Jul 19, 2013 - 06:02pm PT


It won't be the first time I've smelled like a morman.

Need to wash your special underwear.


Susan
Norwegian

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
  Jul 19, 2013 - 06:23pm PT
yall wouldnt mind if
i threw into this
fringe bolus a man-in-a-skirt shots?

skurts cure jock itch.
ton's a breezes do the trick everytimes,
Credit: henrietta
Credit: Norwegian
Credit: Norwegian
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
  Jul 19, 2013 - 07:00pm PT
Good for you. I fought the foo-foo nail salon for years but now I'm addicted. Having a pedicure while sitting in a massage chair is one of the sublime pleasures in life IMO. I see men sneaking in there all the time BTW.

I'm in flip-flops 99% of the time and don't want my feet to end up looking like Tucker's so I'm diligent with the foot file and moisturizer every night to combat the cracking. I've also struggled with fungus issues in the past.

A side note(Weege and Jay) on the fungus.. that's a whole different issue that takes a very long time to cure. You need to be treating it daily for 4 months to over a year. Athletes foot usually clears up faster. 35% solution at least 2-3x a day for nails. If you aren't lucky enough to live by the ocean (or the salt lake in your case)... try apple cider vinegar. Soak your toes for 10 minutes each night in addition to some leave-on topical stuff. There's some T-Tree fungal solutions that work pretty good too but you have to keep after it consistently.

Enjoy your snazzy paint job for a while, but ultimately, painting nail polish on top actually can make it worse in the long run since it protects the fungus from sunlight and you forget to apply treatments (out of sight out of mind).

Keep taking care of those feet though! Regular trips to the salon will help with the calluses and cracking. Thumbs up for Lee Nails.^^
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
  Jul 19, 2013 - 07:03pm PT
Lookin good, smelling better.....now you need to talk to Tucker.
Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
  Jul 19, 2013 - 07:12pm PT
What an odd yet good TR.

Maybe try that thing where they put your feet in a tub of baby remoras or something and they eat all the dead skin off in a most delicate way. You go first.....
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Jul 20, 2013 - 09:51am PT
Way to shred the GNAR!!!!!!!
Bump for THE real deal. ;)

I hope you took a rest day, you certainly earned it!!!!!
Timid TopRope

Social climber
the land of Pale Ale
  Jul 19, 2013 - 08:40pm PT
I'm impressed. Looks like you did this ropeless and didn't spray about it.
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
  Jul 19, 2013 - 09:13pm PT
I can hardly wait for the next Trip Report - "Jaybro Gets a Brazilian".
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
  Jul 22, 2013 - 09:30pm PT

Jay, Bert did it, so can you!



Susan
tornado

climber
lawrence kansas
  Nov 12, 2013 - 02:25pm PT
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