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In a sport where participants rely on touching handholds and footholds already touched by many others, sanitation can be an obvious issue – especially during a pandemic. One Colorado company hopes to solve that problem in rock climbing gyms across the country by introducing a climbing chalk cream that disinfects while it's being used.

Denver-based Friction Labs has introduced a "hygienic" version of their already popular "Secret Stuff" liquid chalk line. It contains an ethanol concentration of 80 percent, which abides by recommendations from most major health organizations for hand sanitation during a public emergency, including the CDC (60-95%) and the FDA (60%).

While the Friction Labs website doesn't specifically claim that the product kills coronavirus, this was confirmed in a Denver Channel report covering the new item.

On top of the sanitizing benefits, the chalk is pH-balanced to be more skin friendly and "responsibly made" in the United States.

The chalk cream can also be used for a number of applications outside of rock climbing, including weightlifting.

Find the product on the Friction Labs website for $19.00.

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Spencer McKee manages the OutThere Colorado digital publication as the Director of Content and Operations. In his spare time, Spencer loves to rock climb, trail run, and mountain bike. Follow along with his adventures on Instagram at @spence.outside


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