Beginner climbing tips

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Kush
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Beginner climbing tips

Postby Kush » Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:57 pm

Hi All

I am a beginner climber doing mostly sport.
I have been climbing indoors for a few months.
I am looking for any general tips for climbing.
Like strength? foot work? anything really!!!!
:cyclops:
I'm not crazy, just a little unwell

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Skyjuggler
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Re: Beginner climbing tips

Postby Skyjuggler » Wed Jun 24, 2009 12:19 am

Hi Kush, welcome to the forums...

You've asked a pretty broad question and you can expect a lot of (sometimes contradicting) answers. My first bit of advice in terms of strength training, is go through the article archives on this site. There are a number of good pieces of info. Find out what works for you and stick to it.

Secondly, as far as technique goes. It'd do you some good to hit a bouldering spot and ask some of the regulars to set you some bouldering problems. Nothing like it to force your body to learn a technique...

Good luck

P.S. Might also be a good idea to post the area you're from. People might come out and offer their services...
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Re: Beginner climbing tips

Postby tali0n » Wed Jun 24, 2009 9:45 am

I recommend "The self-coached climber" by Dan Hague, Douglas Hunter

One aspect often overlooked or neglected is balance, especially in the beginner climber. Balance can make a hard move easy, whereas a beginner climber might conclude a lack of strength. Since balance is the key to climbing, you should focus on it from the beginning.

And get yourself a hangdog and a good, effective routine which couples pull-ups and hangs.

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Re: Beginner climbing tips

Postby cricketbrain » Wed Jun 24, 2009 10:01 am

Ja, ' The Self Coached Climber' is excellent, a little technical. Comes with a DVD too with the drills and explanations.

Also try 'Training for Climbing' & 'Conditioning for Climbing' by Eric Horst. In my opinion the best, easiest to read and covers everything from basic / beginners to elite training.

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Re: Beginner climbing tips

Postby DaveD » Mon Jun 29, 2009 5:18 pm

I recomment trying to get out onto real rock some time.

To do this you will need to tag along with some more experienced climbers and have a go.

Climbing on rock is quite differant to climbing in a gym and will introduce you to lots of new and inspiring grips and body positions.
I firmly believe that the best way to improve your climbing is to climb with people who are better climbers than you and learn from them.
This should give you lots of new skills and vastly improve your gym climbing abalities.

and in the words of Tod Skinner:
"Get a tan"
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Re: Beginner climbing tips

Postby Viruk » Sun Jul 05, 2009 2:40 pm

Yeah, I would say, go out to the mountain and start doing some sport routes. Find what you can do and start pushing yourself to do better. Find a friend who is at your level and bet bears to the one who can climb the route the other can't.
Do lots of bouldering
Watch other people and see how they climb and how they do a problem that you find difficult, make friends

Basically, just do lots of climbing and the rest will follow...

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Re: Beginner climbing tips

Postby Marcaunon » Tue Mar 01, 2011 11:09 am

get on real rock!
and remember to have fun :)

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Re: Beginner climbing tips

Postby proze » Tue Mar 01, 2011 3:04 pm

tali0n wrote:And get yourself a hangdog and a good, effective routine which couples pull-ups and hangs.

I have to strongly, strongly disagree! When starting out, hang-boarding is more likely to injure you than make you climb better. If you want to climb better, get out on rock at every opportunity with people stronger than yourself. And just climb lots! :thumleft:

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Re: Beginner climbing tips

Postby mokganjetsi » Tue Mar 01, 2011 3:25 pm

the best bit of advice i can give: do NOT focus on pushing grades; focus on improving technique and endurance. you will hit a natural "cap" in your 1st year (for most people around 20/21/22) and from thereon pushing each grade will take a lot of climbing at the previous grades.

and go climb outdoors as much as you can. nothing beats the real deal :thumleft:

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Re: Beginner climbing tips

Postby shorti » Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:02 pm

Viruk wrote:Find a friend who is at your level and bet bears to the one who can climb the route the other can't.
ok, that's a little weird... :)

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Re: Beginner climbing tips

Postby emile » Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:08 pm

shorti wrote:
Viruk wrote:Find a friend who is at your level and bet bears to the one who can climb the route the other can't.
ok, that's a little weird... :)


Agreed. I would think tahr is far more acceptable tender in CT :mrgreen:

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Re: Beginner climbing tips

Postby shorti » Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:16 pm

HAHAHAHA! Good one Emile! heeheehee, ok I'm outa here :lol:

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Re: Beginner climbing tips

Postby willemeulen » Wed Mar 02, 2011 8:37 am

follow the bolts and climb up! :cyclops:
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