Counterforce

Counterforce is the use of pressure in opposing directions to help keep you in place. For instance, with both hands in a vertical crack, you can create outward pressure by pulling in opposite directions on the sides of the crack—a pulling-apart action (fig. 9-1 la). Or you can create inward pressure by pulling in on widely spaced holds—a pulling-to-gether action—or by pressing in on both sides of a sharp ridge. You can also use the hands in counter-

Fig. 9-11. Counterforce: a, outward pressure; b, hands in counterforce to feet.

Fig. 9-12. Undenting: converting from a pinch grip (a) to an undercling (b).

Fig. 9-11. Counterforce: a, outward pressure; b, hands in counterforce to feet.

Fig. 9-12. Undenting: converting from a pinch grip (a) to an undercling (b).

force to the feet (fig. 9-1 lb). Counterforce plays a part in many of the climbing maneuvers described in this chapter.

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