My Favorite Video for Climbing Technique
In this 15 minute video, Climbing Coach Neil Gresham covers three(3) climbing specific movements that are essential if you want to improve your abilities as a climber:
- Outside Edge (AKA: Twist Lock)
- Flag/ Flagging
- Drop Knee
Climbing Techniques – Neil Gresham Climbing Masterclass
If there is one thing I have learned during my time as an Instructor at the Santa Barbara Rock Gym, it is that, without question, improving your climbing technique is the surest path to becoming a better climber. I have now been consistently climbing non-stop for the past 2 years, and only recently started to push into the level of climbing I have wanted to be at. With all the strength I was gaining, the improvements I have made since working on some simple climbing movements have been so much more noticeable.
In addition to the three movements noted in this video, I would also add the following two general practices as well:
- Climbing with straight arms whenever possible - the outside edge is an especially useful tool to allowing you to climb with straight arms.
- Working on your foot placements - Quiet Feet: try warming up with a traverse or bouldering through your gym and work on quietly/slowly placing your feet from one hold to the next. This is also a great time to practice your twist locks, flagging and drop knees.
I think you will be pleasantly surprised at your climbing when you begin to incorporate these into your climbing routine.