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Topic - Indoor climbing & outdoor climbing: similarities & differences

Rest Jug - on 05 Jan 2014

I'd like to know people's opinions regarding the style and "feel" of indoor routes compared to rock climbing.

From what I have heard, many people consider indoor routes to be too continuous compared to outdoor routes of the same grade.

I wonder if this is a legacy from routes in competitions, but I've heard that indoor routes that are two discontinuous (i.e. crux, then rest, crux then rest) would end up having climbers staying on the wall for too long, which would be a problem at peak times...

Could/should indoor routes be made to be a better preparation for outdoor climbing, given that just a very, very small percentage of those who attend walls do comps while quite a few seem to climb on rock too?

I'm interested in hearing any kind of reasoning over these topics.

Thanks : )
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