/ NEW ARTICLE: Improve Your Climbing By James McHaffie
"I've worked with climbers on a regular basis over the last 10 years from novices to people who have been leading extremes for years and some key areas for quick improvements have been..."
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Nice article, has definitely boosted my motivation, thanks very much.
If I get to climb with Hazel, I'm in ;)
More seriously, a good and to the point motivational checklist for the season.
I'm not sure I agree with the premiss that everyone can be a great climber - "you can't put in what god left out"
Possibly not be a 'great' climber but certainly a good one. And even regardless of level, you can improve and be a better climber and have more fun.
The only serious thing that could stop someone climbing is morbid obesity, but that's very fixable. Like he says, you just need the right goals. Other than that, i've never seen age, gender or body type (or even amputation!) stop someone climbing hard.
Essentially, doesn't matter what roll of the dice you get in this life, you can climb hard!
but what is a "good" or "hard" climber, or even one who can climb "well" ?
Good little piece - it's nice to see another improvement article that (despite the early number-crunching) avoids the shallow and distracting grade-chasing """advice""", and instead gives out some useful common sense tactics.
> but what is a "good" or "hard" climber, or even one who can climb "well" ?
The one having the most fun?
What does "Good" mean. Well the dictionary offers -'Good' Adj: To be desired or approved of
I'd say in climbing money that's someone who climbs with good technique and tactics. Grade is fairly irrelevant, i've seen people climb HVS "well" and i've seen other people make a total horror show of it :) I imagine that goes for vdiff and E5 as well.
That picture of Gecko is incredible.
Sods law says this has to clash with my only planned climbing trip for the year. :(
Mostly about safety and how to increase it. Let's face it, most of us wobble up routes because our fear is not totally unjustified, be it sport, trad or bouldering (on ice/mixed no one is kidding themselves).
Over the long haul improved safety is what you need as a pre-requisite for improved climbing.
Nice article. Well written and informative advice that applies to all levels.
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