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he drag/open grip is useful but less effective  © Nick Brown - UKC

Handholds and Grip Technique

Neil Gresham gets to grips with handholds: Page-one of climbing technique is making the best use of the holds, and this became apparent when we looked at footwork earlier in this series. Climbers have a habit of analysing footwork but we often take it for granted that we are gripping the handholds the best way.


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A very 'outdoor' style indoor problem. Audrey Seguy at the Castle Climbing Centre, London, UK. Photo by Aneta Parchanska.  © David Flanagan,  Aneta Parchanska
A very 'outdoor' style indoor problem. Audrey Seguy at the Castle Climbing Centre, London, UK. Photo by Aneta Parchanska.  © David Flanagan,  Aneta Parchanska

Ten Tips For Bouldering Indoors

A well placed foot can pivot on a hold - here the climber has traversed past the hold and spun his foot  © Will Carroll
A well placed foot can pivot on a hold - here the climber has traversed past the hold and spun his foot  © Will Carroll

Become A Better Climber Training to Become a Better Climber - Part 2

Standing on tiny holds in a new pair of rock shoes  © Jack Geldard
Standing on tiny holds in a new pair of rock shoes  © Jack Geldard

Ten Top Tips for Buying Rock Shoes

An undercut - learning how to use different hold types holds is essentila in improving your technique  © Neil Gresham Collection
An undercut - learning how to use different hold types holds is essentila in improving your technique  © Neil Gresham Collection

5 Things to Improve Your Bouldering


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Elaine smiling her way to the top of a classic route in Sella, Costa Blanca.  © Sally Lisle

Grappling with Fear - Mid Climb

Sally Lisle shares four simple (but not necessarily easy) tools to help you grapple with fear when it kicks in mid climb... If you are operating on the cusp of controlling/losing control of your fear response, it is highly valuable to h...

Neil Gresham - Moving Sideways 1  © Nick Brown - UKC
Neil Gresham - Moving Sideways 1  © Nick Brown - UKC

Neil Gresham Technique And Training Toe-Hooking and Clamping

Neil Gresham continues his technique series and the theme of footwork, taking an in-depth look at toe-hooking.

Maddie Cope leading at The Foundry.  © Lattice Training
Maddie Cope leading at The Foundry.  © Lattice Training

Lattice Training Series With Tom Randall Lattice Training Series with Tom Randall - Part 1: Endurance

Crack connoisseur, training guru and director of Lattice Training, Tom Randall, shares some training tips in this 4-part series, complete with live Q&A sessions in the forums from 7-9pm every Wednesday for the next 4 weeks. Ask him...

Smedging on a tiny screw-on.   © Nick Brown - UKC
Smedging on a tiny screw-on.   © Nick Brown - UKC

Neil Gresham Technique And Training Technique - Use of the Toe

In this article, Neil Gresham examines the main ways to use the toe. Most will know the basic definitions, so instead he focusses on...

We\'re blessed with some beautiful landscapes to climb in, so let\'s try and keep them that way  © Rob Greenwood - UKC
We\'re blessed with some beautiful landscapes to climb in, so let\'s try and keep them that way  © Rob Greenwood - UKC

Respecttherock #RespectTheRock - The Countryside Code

From a young age we're all told to 'follow the countryside code'; however I am sure that a great many of us don't...

Respect the Rock Montage  © UKC
Respect the Rock Montage  © UKC

Respecttherock #RespectTheRock - The Sad Story of Whitehouses

In early February Whitehouses, a small crag in North Yorkshire, was destroyed by persons unknown. Rumours of bad...

Respect the Rock Series Header  © UKC
Respect the Rock Series Header  © UKC

Respecttherock #RespectTheRock: Chalk Use

There is a basic rule in all forms of rock climbing: leave it as you found it. These days I'd go a little further: leave things better...

James Eldridge on 'Popcorn Party' at Porth Ysgo  © Nick Brown
James Eldridge on 'Popcorn Party' at Porth Ysgo  © Nick Brown

How to climb Font 7A

La Muerte del Sponsor, 7b+, Siurana  © Jonas Wiklund
La Muerte del Sponsor, 7b+, Siurana  © Jonas Wiklund

Success Vs Failure in Climbing

Tick montage  © Pixabay free stock image
Tick montage  © Pixabay free stock image

How To Avoid Ticks and Lyme Disease

Neil Gresham: The Hangboard Guru at Work  © Karl Gregory
Neil Gresham: The Hangboard Guru at Work  © Karl Gregory

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