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John Syrett was one of the first climbers to train on an indoor wall, made of rocks glued to a hallway at the University of Leeds in England, starting in 1968. Two years later he led the country’s hardest route. Indoor training was, however, a novelty and only came into its own in the 1980s, when Entre-Prises, Metolius, Vertical Concepts and others began making plastic holds that you could bolt onto a wall and then move, creating new problems. Photo Bernard Newman

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