Crushing Tip #3

Are you serious about improving your climbing? Andy Davis has some advice: “Open up your hands and your mind will follow.”Frequently climbers get into the (bad) habit of over using their muscles. One example is bending your knuckles and crimping down on holds. Avoid doing this by “Open handing everything.” Andy explains that, “by bending your knuckles you’re engaging unnecessary muscle groups and increasing your chance of injury.”

Here’s what to do: While traversing, pay attention to your fingers and how much you’re bending your knuckles. The idea is to climb on your fingertips while keeping your knuckles flatter.


Open Handed – Good


Keep your hand open and knuckles flat. This will build up your slopper strength and increase your ability to climb hard.

Crimped Fingers – Bad


Having your knuckles bent requires extra energy and increases the likelihood of injury.

Crushing Tip #2

Are you serious about improving your climbing? Mike Dove’s got some advice:

Three Steps to Crushing… BATMAN STYLE!

1. Sure the tool belt is awesome. But, the mind is the most important tool for defeating your enemies. You wanna crush your project? Use yo’ mind!

2. You think my good looks and muscles got me this far? Yeah, they help, but impeccable technique always beats brute force. I mean look how many times I’ve wooped Superman!

3. It’s all about priorities. You don’t see me taking a day off of crime-fighting to hit the Go-Kart track. If you want to get better at climbing, you need to climb more. Period.

There you have it. Three easy steps to improve your climbing. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to stop the Joker.

Crushing Tip #1

Even though off the rock, you’re a pretty adept breather, this month’s tip is reminding you to keep it up while you’re climbing too. “It’s easy to forget how important breathing is,” points out Ken Brukhart, “you’re focused on a tough move so you forget. It happens to everyone.” Even experienced climbers need a friendly nudge to inhale.

So what to do? Always remind yourself to breathe. Ken says, “you should repeat it over and over again: breathe, breathe, breathe, breathe.”

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