Know Everything About Climbing Techniques


Climbing Techniques

It is a truth universally acknowledged that we never know how the other side thinks and works unless we step into that world and live in it for a while. The same goes for climbing. Yes, climbing extremely tall cliffs does require significant physical endurance, but it is a common fallacy, the most important feature required to be a good and successful climber isn’t a Schwarzenegger-esque muscular body with six-pack and abs, it is rather the knowledge of techniques and how accurately can one implement those techniques. A great climber doesn’t power his way through the climb, he uses nuanced technique and finesse which can be learned gradually with training experience. Therefore, here are a few techniques that successful climbers use while on their day-to-day job. This article is based on the assumption that more people would’ve used an artificial climbing wall found in the gyms, making it easier to understand the content described below.

Climbing Techniques
Climbing Techniques

Using Feet:

Edging:

Yes, this technique is exactly as it sounds like. In this technique, you step on hold with the rubber on the edge of your shoe. You can use either the inside or outside edge to move, the choice is completely dependent on which direction you want to maneuver.

Basically, smearing is the technique where you use your shoes’ friction against the surface of your wall as you don’t have sufficient space for a usual hold for your feet. It is useful in slab-climbing, that is when you are climbing low-angled rock without any clear foothold.

Smearing:

Efficiency Improving Methods:

1) Keep your arms straight as often as you can: You should keep your arms straight while climbing as often as possible because that transfers the weight onto the skeleton. Folding them even slightly means that your muscles are taking on the weight.

2) Focus on your hips: Often it has been found that beginners usually keep their hips squared but this actually results in more effort for your muscles. Despite the fact that it might feel very stable, this actually pushes the weight far away from the wall and onto your muscles.

3) Climb with your eyes: Always be alert and constantly observe your surroundings to find comfortable footholds and grip holder to climb without having to spend more energy than usual and avoid any mishaps. Concentration is the key.

Balancing Tactics:

1) Press your foot in the direction opposite to the pull to generate counter pressure.

2) Pull in the other direction using your other foot or hand

3) Lean over very hard use your weight of the body to counterbalance

Mantle:

The mantle is a technique that involves pushing down on hold and bringing the feet up towards and near the hands.

Undercling:

Climbing Techniques
Climbing Techniques

The undercling is a technique in which you use the underside of a hold. In order to use the undercling, having a good foothold is ideal as it allows the climber to maintain balance. There are many other techniques and tactics which can be used, but that would make the article too long. I hope this article conveys the basic tactics required which would tempt you to explore further. Go climbing!

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