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COURSE: How to Fix Common Mistakes in Rock Climbing
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Just bought your first pair of rock climbing shoes? This lesson by Rock Climb Tips demonstrates the best way to place your foot on a hold with your new kicks. Maximize your mobility and extend the life of your climbing shoes by taking advantage of their firm rubber soles. Pay close attention: proper foot placement will take you to the next level!

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Having trouble keeping your balance while rock climbing? This lesson by Scotty from Rock Climb Tips demonstrates how to flag your foot, from multiple angles. This basic trick is guaranteed to keep you from swinging out of control. Use whichever part of your foot you’d like; your arch, toe, or foot pad all work great. You’ll also learn how to back flag for trickier positions.

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Rock climbing isn’t so much about strength and speed as it is about planning and technique. Check out this lesson for tips on choosing holds and solving problems on the wall. Learn to map out your routes for more control, balance, and energy. A few seconds of planning could save tiring moments on the wall. Climb with a plan in mind!

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Looking for tricks to increase your energy while on the climbing wall? Check out this video for demonstrations of proper breathing technique for rock climbing. Maximize your endurance during a climb, conserve your energy, and allow for proper circulation. Learn to inhale before a movement and exhale during your move for the ability to handle more climbs and longer routes! Practice breathing technique consistently until it’s habit: inhale, exhale, and keep climbing.

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Learning how to rock climb? You’ll encounter various sizes of holds on the rock wall, many of which will require a unique grip. In this lesson by Rock Climb Tips, learn how to form an open hand grip and adapt it to holds of many sizes. With the proper technique, you’ll be able to climb with more energy and sustain fewer finger injuries.

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COURSE: How to Use the PEAK Climbing Method
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Rock climbing may seem like a pretty straightforward sport, but there’s much more to it than meets the eye. Learn about the Peak Climbing Method and how it can help you become a better climber, able to climb for longer distances and tackle more difficult walls. This method highlights ways to increase your climbing performance as well as common mistakes to avoid. Using the Peak Method, you can learn what it takes other climbers years to figure out, in just three short months.

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What you can do to avoid the discomfort of lactic acid build-up in your muscles while rock climbing? In this lesson, Josh from rockclimbtips.com demonstrates arm and leg techniques that will help your body conserve energy, as well as resting positions that will come in handy on longer, more exhausting routes. Finally, learn where to keep your feet while climbing. You may occasionally still feel the weakness from lactic acid build-up in the future, but now there’s something you can do about it.

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You've reached the top of your climbing wall, so how do you get over it without unsightly and unsafe rolling and flailing? Learn the dos and don'ts of topping out. This lesson from Rock Climb Tips explains how to top out with a vertical body, stepping over the wall with good foot placements and avoiding 'beaching the whale'. The video also covers planning for your fall by predicting your landing and placing a crash pad.

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Come at rock climbing from the right angle! This lesson from Rock Climb Tips introduces directional loading, which allows you to maximize your reach and maintain your center of gravity even when facing tricky holds. Explore perpendicular holds, which can increase strength and stability and relieve pressure on your joints and wrists. Hear about the layback, see how and when to swing your body, and learn how to position your body for good balance.

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Improve your rock climbing with these helpful hints about employing your center of gravity! This lesson from Rock Climb Tips teaches you how to find the balance point in your body, which tends to be different for men and women. Learn how to position your hand and your body around holds to keep your balance, use the diagonal of your body to maximize your reach, and compensate for any loss in balance.

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Other Lessons by Rock Climb Tips
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Ready to climb every mountain? This lesson from RockClimbTips.com shows what to look for when buying your first pair of climbing shoes! Learn the pros and cons of different styles: thicker leather shoes are great for beginners, and more comfortable, while thin rubber soles or slippers are more flexible, but will wear through quickly. Remember to buy very snug shoes, as they will stretch up to a size and a half as you break them in. Note: climbing shoes aren't ideal for fording every stream.

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Want to extend your grasp of rock climbing? Try a heel hook! This lesson from RockClimbTips.com teaches you how to use a heel hook and explains the move's benefits. A heel hook can extend your reach to let you to grab more distant holds, change position easily, allow your calf muscles support your body weight, and conserve your energy to make your climbing more efficient.

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Sometimes in life you have to take risks—a step in the dark, or a jump for a hold you can’t quite reach. In rock climbing, these moves are called “dynos,” or dynamic executions. While dynos look awesome, they can also be very dangerous. In this lesson from Rock Climb Tips, you’ll learn not only when you should attempt a dyno, but also how to execute one (and remember, the power of positive thinking goes a long way). Finally, learn how to recover from a failed dyno and fall safely.

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Rock climbing can easily wear out your muscles and exhaust your energy; rock climbing on overhangs will do the same things, only faster, and with more risk involved. So, learn a technique that will help you climb safer and more efficiently, especially on the overhangs. In this lesson from Rock Climb Tips, the drop knee technique is demonstrated (both proper and improper techniques). Learn how to twist your hips and move your legs, in order to keep your feet firmly attached to the wall.

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Here’s a rock climbing tip for the kitchen: find out how to cook a power meal for before and after your climbs! This recipe is low in fat and sugars and high in protein. It involves a lean meat, your favorite vegetables, beans, and a sweet or spicy sauce. This filling meal takes less than 20 minutes to make and will make you stronger for your next climb.

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Are you about to go on a climb? Check out this lesson for rock climbing warm-up tips. Warm-ups prevent injuries and conserve energy. They help to avoid tendon injuries and sprains, lower your chance of error, allow for quicker ascension, and make the holds easier to reach. Stretch lightly before climbing to loosen your muscles and tendons. Then do at least one easy route first to get your blood pumping and muscles moving. Climb smart!

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Don’t have a friend to rock climb with? Downclimbing and traversing are perfect for training without a partner. In this lesson by Rock Climb Tips, find out how both downclimbing and traversing build endurance and work muscles that don’t get used on the way up. Your movements will be more controlled and your trips to the rock climbing gym will give you a fuller body workout. Climb on!

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When rock climbing, few things are more important than the quality and fit of your harness. So, make sure that you know exactly what you want from a harness before you buy one! In this lesson from Rock Climb Tips, learn the basics of a standard sit harness before discovering some features that add comfort or convenience that you not have ever known you needed (like padded waist bands and leg loops or auto double back buckles). Your safety is priceless, so make sure you get exactly what you need.

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If you love rock climbing and feel ready for more advanced routes, this lesson is for you. To equip you for more advanced climbs, this lesson provides a few aspects to consider when planning advanced routes. You’ll learn that the route you choose forces hand placement; because of this, there are right and wrong ways to climb advanced routes. Watch as the teacher demonstrates correct and incorrect climbing, and learn how to plan a route that includes comfortable holds for breaks.

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For rock climbers, knowing when and how to edge, and in what shoes, is critical. In this lesson from Rock Climb Tips, you’ll learn the difference between aggressive and flat shoes, and when it is advantageous to use both. Then, learn the secret to knowing when to with the side of your foot vs. your toes (hint: it has to do with comfort, and body positioning). Finally, learn why being able to pivot on your toes is essential to climbing comfortably and safely.

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Smearing in rock climbing happens when your feet do not have a hold on a wall, but are held on the wall by your body weight and pressure. This requires very specific body posturing, so watch as both the incorrect and correct methods for smearing are demonstrated in this lesson. However, keep in mind that while correct body posture is critical when smearing, another important element is the friction between your feet and the wall. Some walls may just be more difficult to smear than others!

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Overhangs are not only difficult to climb, but can deplete your energy if attempted incorrectly—but that doesn't have to be the case. When climbing overhangs, your shoes are your most important piece of gear. In this lesson from Rock Climb Tips, Mike first explains that aggressive shoes can make a huge difference in your climbing, since their natural arch allows you to hook into the wall more than flat shoes do. Finally, learn about efficient footwork that will help you conserve energy.

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