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Gym to Crag: Ten Things We Wished We Knew Before Transitioning to Outdoor Climbing

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August 25 2017

A lot of rock climbers got their start on the plastic mountain in an indoor climbing gym. This is an excellent way to condition yourself to climb outside. Indoor climbing can happen year-round, and gyms are also conducive to focused and intense training with hang boards, campus boards, and weights. 

However, even if you're floating up 5.12s in the gym, you might find yourself taking on a 5.10 outside. Why? Climbing outside is a totally different sport. Therefore, to help climbers transition to climbing outside, we've provided a list of ten things we wished we knew before feeling like such a noob at the crag. 

Climbing, climbing tips

Hangboard Training Will Make You a Better Climber

You rely on your upper body strength, power, and endurance to complete ascents. This is true whether you have just started climbing in a gym or you have led routes up sheer granite walls. It is the same no matter the skill level.

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How Tight Should Climbing Shoes Be?

If you're new to climbing, you're probably aware of the fact that your shoes are key to your success. You've likely heard rumors that if your feet don't hurt, your shoes aren't tight enough to be truly effective! But is that true?

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Choosing a great climbing partner

Climbing isn't just a sport. It can be a lifestyle - just ask all the #vanlife climbers out there! The uninitiated may shake their collective heads at our foolhardiness, but for those of us who live and breathe climbing, nothing compares to the feel of clean, sturdy rock[...]

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Reading Routes- How to Mentally Map Out Your Climb

Climbing isn't all about the physical; much of it is mental, as you've probably come to find out if you've been at the sport for awhile. A considerably large and critical part of the mental aspect is the planning, or "reading," of climbing routes - read on to learn more:


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Is it time for a more aggressive shoe?

You've discovered rock climbing and the art of self-challenges, and little by little, you've been honing your skills. The question is, are your starter all-around climbing shoes holding you back? Put another way, when is the time right to step into a more aggressive pair of[...]

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Climbing doesn't just require overall strength and endurance. Explosive power also plays a significant role, particularly when a climber moves to higher grades. Explosive movement becomes critical for completing that next move, especially in tougher boulder problems. 

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Learn to Lead Climb - Effective Communication

The time spent as belayer and climber requires a high level of trust. An essential part of any trusting relationship is communication. If you are not a well-seasoned climber or leader, establish communication vocabulary and methods before a climb. It is your responsibility to[...]

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The Creation of Climbing shoes


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All climbers know the effects of gravity, but understanding the coefficient of friction can help to maximize your climbing efforts. According to Physics Central, when Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson free-climbed Dawn Wall in Yosemite National park in 2015, they relied not[...]

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