Advanced Climbing Skills You Should Get Hold Of!

By Liam Neeson | Tips and Tricks

Jan 31

Dictionary defines climbing as the process of ascending a steep wall, rock or any object by using one’s hands and feet and sometimes by taking support of rope and belayer. But dictionary definition is just not enough to make you ready to descend those mountain heights. Proper strategy equipped with climbing skills, position, angles, orientation and a lot more is required – before you venture out and start testing yourself in real time.

Here are a few advanced climbing skills to excel in the art flawlessly.

Advanced Climbing Skills

  1. Tree jug

This technique governs the use of trees for the body upliftment. You could easily discover a lot many trees while climbing outdoors. Wrap the trees with one or both hands and then uplift your body with the help of the support provided by tree.

  1. To scum your body

In this, you need to strike your body against the rocks and apply force in upward direction. This technique uses the friction of our body to stabilize the body on small footholds.

  1. Flagging

It is the best technique if you are in the middle of the mountain range.  In this method, you use your one leg in order to balance your body weight so that the rock will not swing and you achieve stability. If your body will not maintain the balance then you will get swung and lose your balance.

  1. Crimpers

Crimpers are a projection that one holds for support or you can say that these are small handholds.
They are so small that only your fingertips can hold them. This technique might be a bit painful because the force of fingertips is used to move your whole body in upward direction. Thus it is highly recommended to curl your fingers and lock off your hold in downward direction. This way less energy will be used to move your body in upward direction and moreover you will feel less pain.

  1. Sloper

It requires large strength by hand. In this method, you have to occupy the maximum possible area under your hand and then force yourself upwards. This technique is not easy to grasp and requires a lot of dedication and practice.

  1. Using head

Under this technique, you use your neck. By using strength of your neck you can uplift yourself a little. And, a little together makes a large move.

  1. Back stepping technique

Since the climbing surface is slanting so it becomes difficult for the legs to tolerate the whole body weight. And thus a large portion of body weight comes on arms which in turn makes difficult for you to use arms force to move upwards. So in such cases one should twist lock himself and back step together. This will shift the force to handholds, making you more stable and you can easily move further in climbing.

  1. Figure fore

It is a type of seizing hold. In this method, you keep your body stiff. It is mostly used when there is no foothold available. In this you have to hang yourself on a jug by one hand and then lock your opposite leg with the other hand. In this, you have to perform both the actions at the same time – pulling yourself up with the arm and pushing yourself down with the locked leg. And in this way you can easily climb high.

  1. Drop knee

By using this technique you can reach to far holes with minimum strength. It requires a handhold.

  1. Stemming

This technique is mostly used when you are climbing in the corner which means both of your hands are on different walls and you are climbing in the middle of them. You are in a state where the two different forces of walls are acting opposite to each other and in this you use the tension of your body to move yourself in upward direction.

  1. Heel hook

In this, you usually put your foot heel at a higher level which helps you a lot in maintaining your balance. You have to put your foot heel at least up to waist level.

Get hold over these main advanced climbing techniques. Do not forget to carry an oxygen cylinder if you are climbing in high altitudes. It can be required in case of emergency. Drink plenty of water during climbing to avoid dehydration.

Get, set, go!

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