Principles Of Movement Climbing with the feet

Pay attention to footwork and balance and you'll reduce the need to rely on arm and hand strength.

Stand erect over your feet and tight the tendency to lean in and hug the rock. On very steep rock, however, pressing the hips close to the rock can help push body weight directly down onto small footholds.

When possible, keep arms outstretched to avoid hanging on bent arms, which is very tiring. As you raise your feet to the next foothold, try to keep your arms straight, avoiding the tendency to use them to haul yourself from one hold to the next. Legs are much stronger than arms. Let the legs lift the body.

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