Counterbalance is not a specific type of move, but rather a principle that can be used in all kinds of climbing. It's the principle of distributing your body weight in a way that maintains your balance.
This means selecting holds that do the best job of keeping your body in balance. But it also sometimes means putting a hand or foot in a particular location, even if no hold is available, in order to provide counterbalance to the rest of the body. The hips and shoulders also come into play as you move them to provide counterbalance (fig. 9-21).
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