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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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Graham Lynch on the Mincer (HVS 5a).  © Alan James, ROCKFAX
Graham Lynch on the Mincer (HVS 5a).  © Alan James, ROCKFAX

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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

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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

It can be called a 'Belay Loop' or an 'Abseil Loop'!  © Jack Geldard
It can be called a 'Belay Loop' or an 'Abseil Loop'!  © Jack Geldard

Belaying - 'Rope Loop' or 'Belay Loop'?


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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...

Pete with his Silent Partner2  © Nick Brown - UKC
Pete with his Silent Partner2  © Nick Brown - UKC

How to Rope Solo - with Pete Whittaker

Rope soloing is simply the ability to climb alone, yet still have the safety of being attached to a rope (rather than...

Natalie Berry catching the late afternoon sun on the north-facing walls of S'estret. The route is Octopussy (7a).  © Alan James
Natalie Berry catching the late afternoon sun on the north-facing walls of S'estret. The route is Octopussy (7a).  © Alan James

From Punter to Crusher: How to Climb Sport 7a

Lecturer, writer and recent member of the 7a club, Paul Sagar, shares some tips on breaking into the...

Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team at work.  © Calder Valley SRT
Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team at work.  © Calder Valley SRT

Using SARLOC for Rescue on your Smartphone

Getting smart with your smartphone might just save your life in an emergency, writes Judy Whiteside, Editor of...

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...

This is a climbing trip, there\'ll be no boozing...  © David Hume
This is a climbing trip, there\'ll be no boozing...  © David Hume

Your First Sun Rock Trip - Hints And Tips

Gain lots of experience of onsighting and aim high! Natalie Berry in Chulilla, Spain  © Dark Sky Media
Gain lots of experience of onsighting and aim high! Natalie Berry in Chulilla, Spain  © Dark Sky Media

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

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Belay device clipped to the overhand knot  © Jack Geldard
Belay device clipped to the overhand knot  © Jack Geldard

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