Outdoor sports terminology: Dry fire

Dry fire


In the climbing jargon, “dry firing” is when the fingers slip off a hold when you are pulling it hard. If you are lucky, it will not be accompanied by leaving part of your knuckle or finger’s skin on the rock.

Additional info

Grammatical category: verb
Field: climbing
Source of the definition: Explore Translations

The word in use. Examples

“But a climber also has to be careful not to let his hands get too dry, which can actually make them feel almost glassy and slick. When that happens, there’s a greater risk of “dry firing” off a hold and falling.
Seasoned climbers apply chalk, wipe off the excess, then apply more, until achieving just the right grip.

Source of the example: National Geographic

“After spending 30 minutes stuffing paper towels to soak up the water and brushing chalk into the crack, NBL was finally ready for a send attempt. My first efforts were disasters. I stuck the first move over and over but the crack was still damp and every time my hands would just dry fire out. I calmed myself down and just waited 30 minutes more. Luckily it dried just enough for me to hold on. I pulled off the ground and felt in another zone.”
Source of the example: Climbing magazine

“FrictionLabs lasts longer and works better than any other brand on the market. It’s the only chalk I trust to prevent dry-firing off my projects.”
Source of the example: Friction Labs

Other languages (ES)

Spanish: cerillazo. See definition

Do you know this word in other languages?
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