My Favorite Video for Climbing Technique

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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:

  1. Outside Edge (AKA: Twist Lock)
  2. Flag/ Flagging
  3. Drop Knee

Neil Gresham Climbing Techniques Masterclass is also featured on the videos page of this blog

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:

  1. Climbing with straight arms whenever possible – the outside edge is an especially useful tool to allowing you to climb with straight arms. 
  2. 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.

Climb harder!


4 Responses to “My Favorite Video for Climbing Technique”
  1. Steve says:

    Great advice and brill vid. Will be trying these out When next at the wall.

  2. Reblogged this on SykOse and commented:
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