Downpressure

For this technique, place the finger tips, palm, side or heel of your hand on the hold and press down (fig. 9-8a). Pressing down with a thumb can

Climbing Pocketgrip

Fig. 9-7. Handholds: a, thumb used in opposition to other fingers; h, stacking fingers to apply greater pressure on a small hold; c, large cling hold; d, open grip. Keeping distal finger joints flexed puts less stress on joints and tendons, e, Cling grip on small hold. Extension of distal finger joints is more stressful and is more likely to cause injury than the open grip, f, Pocket grip: useful for small pockets only large enough to admit a single digit. Keeping other fingers curled helps get the most force out of the muscle-tendon system, but stresses the finger and may cause injury.

Fig. 9-7. Handholds: a, thumb used in opposition to other fingers; h, stacking fingers to apply greater pressure on a small hold; c, large cling hold; d, open grip. Keeping distal finger joints flexed puts less stress on joints and tendons, e, Cling grip on small hold. Extension of distal finger joints is more stressful and is more likely to cause injury than the open grip, f, Pocket grip: useful for small pockets only large enough to admit a single digit. Keeping other fingers curled helps get the most force out of the muscle-tendon system, but stresses the finger and may cause injury.

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