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Old 07-31-2003, 03:43 PM   #1
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I finally had a chance to try wall climing while on vacation. I must say, it can be scary if you're afraid of heights. I'm not and I was bit worried about falling from 60 feet high (even though I was secured to a rope). My biceps, forearms and legs got a really good work out. After two climbs up, my clothes were soaking in sweat!

Then I watched this skinny guy climb up the "advanced" wall which I had tried and failed at earlier. He was up to the top with little effort and ease. I noticed that his lead arm rarely used the bicep, just had his arm straight out and used his fingers as anchors. His legs did most of the work.

Sometimes he'd "walk" sideways to get at the easier rocks to hold on to. Wish I thought of that.

Anyone have any tips? This sport is FUN and quite thrilling!

This is not me but this pic is just an example for those who don't know what I'm talking about.

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Old 07-31-2003, 03:49 PM   #2
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I finally had a chance to try wall climing while on vacation. I must say, it can be scary if you're afraid of heights. I'm not and I was bit worried about falling from 60 feet high (even though I was secured to a rope). My biceps, forearms and legs got a really good work out. After two climbs up, my clothes were soaking in sweat!

Then I watched this skinny guy climb up the "advanced" wall which I had tried and failed at earlier. He was up to the top with little effort and ease. I noticed that his lead arm rarely used the bicep, just had his arm straight out and used his fingers as anchors. His legs did most of the work.

Sometimes he'd "walk" sideways to get at the easier rocks to hold on to. Wish I thought of that.

Anyone have any tips? This sport is FUN and quite thrilling!

This is not me but this pic is just an example for those who don't know what I'm talking about.

If you think thats fun you should try it without the equipment and fake pseudo-rocks in the wall. The true NINJA way!
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Old 07-31-2003, 03:54 PM   #3
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If you think thats fun you should try it without the equipment and fake pseudo-rocks in the wall. The true NINJA way!
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Old 07-31-2003, 04:01 PM   #4
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In the two months I've been climbing... I've learned that technique > strength.

It's all about balance and conservation of energy. Try to keep you weight over your feet. If possible use your feet to push yourself up. Did I mention concentrate on your feet?

I'm sure there's someone that's much more experienced than me out there that will comment in this thread.. but here are some basic techniques.

Flagging - swinging a leg out to balance your body.

Matching - Switching hands or feet on the same hold. For feet, place one on top of the other and squeeze the bottom one out.

Use your torso to pull yourself up - example - keep arms straight and twist your torso to reach with the other arm.

Remember that you can twist your foot so that your knee either points in or out. Pointing in can be good to put your weight on that foot.

That's all I can think of off the top of my head.
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Old 07-31-2003, 04:03 PM   #5
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If you think thats fun you should try it without the equipment and fake pseudo-rocks in the wall. The true NINJA way!
I did it that way. It was at a YMCA and the biggest shoes they had where size 11 and I couldn't get in them and have the ability to walk. I think they write the sizes wrong it felt like I was trying to get into a 10 since I wear 11.5-12 shoes. So I had to wear my Doc's on the plastic rocks. I made it to the top of the vertical walls. Didn't even attempt the ones that come outwards. Plus I was afraid that if I fell the friend that was holding the other end of the rope weighed about 40lbs less than I so I was just picturing me falling down him shooting up... Yeah real rock faces are much more fun than the fake walls.
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I love climbing. Wish I had more time to do it. Wish I didn't have to travel so far to do it on real rock.

You made some good observations. Climbing really isn't all about brute force, although sometimes that's needed. It's all about conservation of energy and efficiency of action. It takes some brain work to find the best line up the wall and how to best align your body to the holds.

Most people get used to falling after they've done it a couple of times. It's a matter of trusting your belayer (sp.?). I remember all the times I got Elvis Leg from nervousness and overusing the muscles in my leg.

Do it more man, I think climbing's one of the best things you can do for your body and soul. It really promotes a certain sort of calmness and Zen.
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I used to be a competetive indoor climber. In colorado we have a highschool climbing league, I took 1st place every competition in the expert category for 3 years straight. I was sponsored by chipolte, strait up, prana and la sportiva. Indoor climbing rocks I suggest everyone try it. I cant climb anymore because I was blessed with multidirectional traumatic dislocation in 4 directions in my right shoulder and have had 5 surguries for it, none of them successful. This injury was from being broadsided by a girl going 70 and running a red light when I was going to work and she was coming home from a rave.


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I used to be a competetive indoor climber. In colorado we have a highschool climbing league, I took 1st place every competition in the expert category for 3 years straight. I was sponsored by chipolte, strait up, prana and la sportiva. Indoor climbing rocks I suggest everyone try it. I cant climb anymore because I was blessed with multidirectional traumatic dislocation in 4 directions in my right shoulder and have had 5 surguries for it, none of them successful. This injury was from being broadsided by a girl going 70 and running a red light when I was going to work and she was coming home from a rave.


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I love climbing. Wish I had more time to do it. Wish I didn't have to travel so far to do it on real rock.

You made some good observations. Climbing really isn't all about brute force, although sometimes that's needed. It's all about conservation of energy and efficiency of action. It takes some brain work to find the best line up the wall and how to best align your body to the holds.

Most people get used to falling after they've done it a couple of times. It's a matter of trusting your belayer (sp.?). I remember all the times I got Elvis Leg from nervousness and overusing the muscles in my leg.

Do it more man, I think climbing's one of the best things you can do for your body and soul. It really promotes a certain sort of calmness and Zen.
These kids have teh Zen: http://www.newjerseymartialartsacade...ninja_wall.htm
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