>Muscle cramps can be easily avoided (providing you don't have a serious
>medical condition) by stretching prior to the climb and maintaining adequate
>electrolyte and water levels in your body. Under strain, your muscles
>excrete lactic acid which saps them of energy, eventually causing cramps,
>spasms or possible injury.
Stretching before and after the climb also helps prevent muscle soreness
the next day, particularly for folks who climb infrequently.
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