Efficient Climbing Techniques

Climbing Technique

Whilst there are simply hundreds of thousands of individual climbing movements. There are a few fundamental climbing techniques that will help give you a strong foundation when it comes to developing your climbing skill to be energy saving and efficient. This section includes a series of articles on rock climbing technique, with both exercises and activities for you to carry out to improve your technique or those of whom you coach.

Essentially we are going to initially focus on the 3 B’s of climbing – The Boot, the body and balance. After that we shall look at different handholds, as well as refining our footwork to develop hands off rest. We will then look at more advance skills to climbing specific types of features or shapes that we can commonly find when rock climbing.

List of Attributes for Climbing Technique

footwork

Precise and accurate footwork is the foundation of efficient climbing technique.

balance

Staying in balance is another of the fundamentals of good climbing technique. We look at static and dynamic balance.

Another fundamental climbing technique that leads to more efficient movement.

Handhold Overview

Learn how to utilise handholds of differing types and orientations.

finding rests

Being able to identify and utilise rest and restful positions when climbing will increase your efficiency and with it your climbing grade.

Slabs

The ability to climb slabs efficiency can help more than just novice climbers improve their climbing efficiency.

Corners

Being efficient at climbing corners and groove can help you improve as you learn to utilise the often frequent rest they offer.

Gandia - Costa Blanca Climbign Holliday

The ability to climb vertical walls or gently overhanging ones is generally an extension to what you have learnt slab climbing.

Climbing overhanging rock is hard and strenuous even at the best of times, but know how to move through it efficiently is key to mastering this terrain

Steep roof

Climbing a roof or an overlap can be as simple as a single pull or it can mean climbing completely upside down for a a series of moves.

Crack climbing is skill for real rock and will often be described as finger, thin hands, hands, off-hands, fist and beyond to off-width.

Tufas

The ability to climb tufts will greatly help those who want to go sports climbing in places like Spain, France, Italy and Greece.

Cross throughs and roll overs

Crossing through your hands can help you overcome the crux by helping you set up for it or exit it, when the route move laterally or through roof.

Cross throughs and roll overs

Whilst the dyno is the best known of the dynamic movements, we can also lunge for and pop for holds with the speed of movement being an ally to us.