07 How to Climb
It sounds simple, climbing is the next step up from walking, climbing the stairs or scaling a ladder. They all require vertical movement. Both hands and feet are equally important, yet many people forget that in the basics, the feet are the force upwards, and the hands are best employed to prevent you from falling backwards. Grabbing holds and stepping on footholds one at a time, carefully looking and planning ahead. Saving power by not overly using arms and hands is often a good strategy for success. Looking at other climber’s technique, and getting tips and tricks from an advanced climber, are just as important as regular practise. Small steps one at a time.
One of the key points in climbing is friction. Friction between the skin on your hands and the surface of the rock or climbing hold, and also friction between the climbing shoe and the foothold. While climbing is about not falling, falling is all about not slipping. Chalk can enhance friction for your hands, and rubber is key for your feet. For decades Vibram has been a pioneer in producing high-tech rubber for climbing shoes and mountain boots, with most of today’s best climbers using Vibram’s products.
Once the basics have been learned, it is time for some advanced technique! The repertoire of climbing movements is seemingly endless, and new moves are ‘discovered’ still today. Competitive athletes, especially in bouldering, are challenged in all kinds of dynamic, coordinated, and powerful movements, while rock climbers encounter different movements on different types of rock. Simply put, one will never get bored while climbing.