/ NEW ARTICLE: How To Improve
In this article regular contributor Fiend takes us through the steps and attitudes needed to see real improvements in our climbing. From understanding what real improvement is to the difficulties we need to accept in order to make that improvement.
Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=2648
Thank you for posting this Jack.
I hope people find it useful.
I know I should really be capable of doing this mental check myself but lazy thinking makes for lazy climber :-)
good article Fiend!
I went through a rather arduous learning experience in another sport where I had to learn the right ways to think and deal with problems like those you mention and it took a while. It can be difficult so I doubt many people will read the article and suddenly understand the meaning of life, but I bet there'll be plenty who pick up on something that improves their way of thinking a little which is invaluable. So yeah, good one!
I'd have liked to have read more about how climbing physically without fear can improve your abilities, maybe by repeatedly trying routes at above your physical limit on a top rope...........
Otherwise, I agree with the article completely, far more usful to see the bigger picture about improvement rather than concentrating on exactly how many seconds a dead hang should last for and using whihc grip.
I like the minimal clothing recommendation. Very Fiend.
Guess the crag: The through cave in that massive rave cave on the Orme?
In response to the article, it's hard to imagine how anybody could get the same amount of pleasure from climbing if all of those things didn't come naturally.
No you don't win a prize, because you're not correct :)
Glad some people are liking the article. I'm hoping it will end up as a long-lasting reference article, because it was partly inspired by seeing a lot of posts on here by people wondering how to improve, and seeing common threads in those posts.
Guessing the crag: could it be Attermire Scar in Yorkshire?
looks a bit like deeper parts of Attermire cave...
Just want to add that I thought this was a very good article. A cut above some of the others.
Is it Llangattock Escarpment??
That was my assumption - the keyhole shape in the photo suggest it could be keyhole cave!
We have a winner.
The comments on the original give it away: http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=69270
A year after coming out of hospital following a very serious illness, the trad-fuhrer Fiend climbed his first Fr 8a (Sufferance) at Dumbarton this week. Well done that man!
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