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How to find your next go-to climbing partner

By: Amy Verret

One of the biggest cruxes in climbing can be finding a climbing partner or two to climb with regularly. We've got some tips to help you make new friends and lifelong climbing partners.

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beginner climbing | Climbing Tips

Climbing holds just out of reach? Learn how to stretch every last inch

By: Lauren Demeis-Ortiz

Having trouble reaching the next hold?  I know that feeling. As a youth climbing coach and a human with height and wingspan under 5 feet, that's a situation I encounter on a regular basis.  Over the years, I've gathered some approaches to stretch out every inch of a climber's (and my own) reach.   

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beginner climbing | Climbing Tips | Start Climbing

How to use common climbing holds

By: Earth Treks Climbing + Fitness

One of the most basic climbing techniques we teach in our intro classes is learning how to use the holds given to you by our phenomenal routesetters. You could be the strongest climber in the gym, but if you grab an undercling incorrectly, you’ll likely come off the wall.  Let’s examine some common holds you’ll find in our gym and how to use them.  

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Shift your weight to improve your rock climbing technique

By: Earth Treks Climbing + Fitness

We hear a lot of first-time climbers say: “I’ll never be good at climbing, I don’t have enough upper body strength.” Well, we’ve got some great news: a lot of climbing takes place in the legs. It’s a balancing sport, one that requires expertise in the delicate art of shifting your weight from foot to foot. 

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World Indoor Climbing Competition | Climbing Community | Climbing Tips

6 Climbing Lessons I Learned from Watching Competition Climbing (Even Though I Don't Compete)

By: Kim

Once I got into climbing, I started watching competitions. Well, I guess not all comps - specifically, the IFSC's (IFSC stands for International Federation of Sport Climbing) bouldering finals competitions. And while I don't climb in comps, even casually, I have learned a lot of great lessons and I recommend more climbers watch comps. 

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Women Rock Climbing | Climbing Tips

I got lost comparing myself to other climbers. Here's how I stopped.

By: Kim

I’ve been climbing for 8 years and I know I’ve accomplished so much, but every now and then I can’t help but compare myself to other climbers. Sometimes I look around and I get a little discouraged when I see other people, who’ve been climbing for much less time than me, working on climbs that I can’t even touch. 

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Women Rock Climbing | Rock Climbing | Training for Climbing | Climbing Tips

How one of my worst climbing day led me to my greatest achievement

By: Elisabeth Williams

When I think back on one of the proudest moments of my climbing career, I almost immediately remember one of my worst experiences climbing. Both occurred at Indian Creek, Utah.

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Women Rock Climbing | Rock Climbing | Training for Climbing | Climbing Tips

How to climb "5.Next": Six Mental Tips to Climb Harder

By: Stephanie

Above photo: Approaching the crux on Cannibals, 5.12d at Donner Summit. This isn’t going to be another train harder, work out more, get stronger fingers-type article—because, while these articles are important and valuable, they’ve already been written.  Instead, this is what I do mentally when I want to climb harder. Let’s face it, we all want to get better.  It’s why we love climbing.  There’s always a challenge, whether you’re looking to climb your first 5.10 or 5.13.  In my 14+ years of climbing, these are my time-tested tips on how to push your climbing level to the next grade.

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Lead Climbing | Training for Climbing | Climbing Tips

4 Tricks to Overcome Your Fear of Falling

By: Earth Treks Climbing + Fitness

If you've ever felt like a fear of falling is holding you back from climbing through hard cruxes of routes or problems, you're not alone!   Fear of falling is something that all climbers, even those with years of experience, manage regularly. It can be one of the most scary parts of climbing. However, falling is a part of climbing and learning how to take practice falls is a skill that should be practiced.

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Rock Climbing | Training for Climbing | Climbing Tips

How To: Mental Training On and Off the Wall for Peak Performance

By: Jesse

The best climbers I know aren't just climbers on the wall. They are climbers as a lifestyle. I'm not talking about the dirtbag climber lifestyle, and I don't mean these people train all the time.   I mean that they practice the principles of effective climbing in their daily lives, and view their daily lives as practice for climbing. 

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