/ NEW ARTICLE: How to 'Warm Up' for Climbing
"As well as warming up, it's always important to relax your body from all the hard climbing it's been doing..."
Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=3698
A little more info re: dynamic vs static stretching wouldn't have gone amiss. I still see way to many people statically stretching in their warm up.
I do dwarf press-ups. As for normal press-ups but balance on your knees and on pallell fists. Uncomfortable to do it on a rocky ledge but OK on jumpers. You can knock out 3 times as many of these as normal press-ups and get a bit of a sweat on if you want to and IMO it is good for your elbows but not for looking cool.
Some have started taking fingerboards to the crag to hang of a bolt to get fingers recruited. Admirably geeky. I tried using a pair of rock rings last weekend hitched to the rope through the first bolt which had a DMM revolver krab to set up a pulley affair. Set-up needs a bit more refinement yet.
Most trad crags (apart from sea cliffs with ab descent) are easy to warm up at, as there are normally some easy bits of rock to climb around on (as per the article), or easy routes to do. I find Sport crags without easy routes more of a challenge, and if I can't find an obvious traverse to play on, or an easy start of a route, then I just tend to do what I do on my fingerboard - find some good holds and do some pull-ups and hangs, then link short sections with good holds, introduce some smaller holds etc. It's not as satisfactory as a proper warm up as described in the article but seems to work ok.
In relation to Warming up outdoors, I think most people accept the walk in as part of the warm up but this really depends on the distance and the terrain....Walking into Bowden Doors which is completely flat and from Car to crag takes aproximately 2 minutes is not really suitable. However, walking into Scugdale (N.Yorks.) takes 15-20 mins and is up hill on rough (ish) ground should be suitable. It may be worth doing some specific mobilisation and stretching as for indoors with both types of outdoor venue. As has already been suggested starting easy on the climbing should also be incorperated into outdoor warm up's either through easy routes or through easy bouldering.
I hope this helps
> In relation to Warming up outdoors, I think most people accept the walk in as part of the warm up but this really depends on the distance and the terrain....
I guess people could always park further away, to increase the benefit?
If you cool down between routes going for a jog with all your clothes and duvet jacket on does the trick. I also used to deliberately give myself hotaches by putting my hand in snow or running water to get the blood flowing back to my fingers. Not so keen/stupid to do that now.
Dynamic and static warm-up in one easy to follow video http://www.posingproductions.com/video.php?form_action=play&video_id=71
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