If you are thinking about getting into rock climbing or are new to the sport, there are a few things that you should know right out of the gate to help make your climbs easier and more enjoyable. I know it is exciting to enter the world of rock climbing and look up that the wall at your local gym but you will quickly learn that this sport is not about brute strength. Rock climbing will no doubt make you stronger and that will come with time but the people that seem to move up or across the wall effortlessly rely on technique more than strength. Watch the few videos below to arm yourself with some basic techniques that will help you stay on the wall and keep you climbing longer.
Hand Gripping. stay on the wall by choosing the right hold for each situation.
Foot Holds. Support your weight and maintain balance without slipping.
Body Positioning. Maybe more important than where you place your hands or feet is how you position your body to the rock to make climbing easier.
Different climbing styles. Know how to conserve energy and be precise in your hand and foot holds.
Technique is something that should be practiced early in your climbing adventures and often as any skilled climber will tell you they are always working to perfect theirs. The endless challenges and new routs is part of what makes climbing so exciting. Don’t hesitate to ask questions or for advice from your fellow climbers, the rock climbing community is one of the most friendly and supportive I have ever encountered.