Ways to make more of your climbing session : Hands

Ways to make more of your climbing session : Hands

I’ve been getting questions about sore hands. Have you been getting that sore hand feeling too?

This is the way climbing sessions often end, especially at an indoor wall. So how do you get the most out of your hands at the climbing wall? Here are 3 things I have learned about getting the most from the skin on your hands.

Do you have interesting problems?

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Do you have interesting problems?

The next time I go to the climbing wall I am going to try sequences of moves I don’t think I can do. I will report back. You could too…let me know how you get on…could be a tough challenge.

Experienced, high performing climbers have learned the art of failing fast, and this is one of the keys to their success. There is something in this we can all learn from. They have the ability to attempt a sequence of moves when failure is a very real potential outcome.

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Embrace The Coach

Embrace The Coach

Until now climbers have just gone climbing to get better at climbing. In many cases the benefits of pull up routines hanging on door frames and sit ups while watching tv were shared around the climbing community. A kind of haphazard hearsay approach to coaching. In many cases it worked, something worked. Improvements were made and harder climbs were ascended. It is now not uncommon for climbing coaches to have their own coach. Yes, coaches coaching coaches!!! Ben Moon has a coach, Adam Ondra has a coach, even the free spirited Chris Sharma has a coach. I took some time to find out why...

Scoring Goals

Scoring Goals

Many climbers have grade based goals. These are wonderful to have as part of your list. But think of others. How good is your footwork? Can you mantle? If you want to improve at any of these things set goals. Choose a route that requires improved footwork and strive to do it. Go to Castle Hill and climb 20 problems at any grade with the word mantle in the guidebook description. Whatever it is think of a way to use goals to mark the way, even if it only is as you look back.

5 steps to improve your climbing footwork

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5 steps to improve your climbing footwork

Next time you are at the climbing wall give this a go...I challenge you. As part of your warm up find a friendly piece of boulder traverse wall. Take 2 minutes to traverse the wall following the 5 steps below. You will see improvements in your rock climbing...or

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Driving like a lady

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Driving like a lady

In the Autumn of 2003 I was sitting is a class room trying in vain to listen to a lecture from a middle aged Canadian kayaker. After staring out of the window for an hour the lecture had passed I packed up and sped off in my little red Mini. The lesson; the importance of reviewing. Maybe what follows is what he spoke of. See Sir, despite my gazing out of the window at the view I did listen.

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