Jonathan Siegrist, shared in Climbing that the best way to improve your climbing is just to climb. Jonathan is 32 and has been climbing for 13 years. More recently, he notes that there is a lot of interest in training and climbers almost always ask him for training tips. Jonathan has a very simple response, "Go climbing often, try hard, and take the long view."
The reality is that there no short-cut, it takes years to become top grade. "Climbing hard requires strength, but of equal importance is skill." Here are some of the skills that you need that only years of practice can develop:
- careful footwork
- efficient movement
- proper cadence
Strength is important, but it takes patience and the mental ability to process failure as well. Here are some things to work on:
- climb often
- work hard and challenge yourself
- inter-change climbing disciplines to learn new techniques (trad, sport, bouldering)
- experiment with different rock types
- find a project that excites you and is challenging
Sport climbing will be making its Olympic debut in Tokyo 2020. Enjoy and be safe.
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