CRACK! The jolt back onto the bolt, into which you are still quickdraw-tethered, stuns you. You only fell two feet, but your neck is stiff and your innards feel like they’ve been kicked by a mule.
The key is to increase your training volume but decrease the difficulty. Here's how to do just that.
In recent years, there has been an uptick in indoor-bouldering injuries among newer climbers. Use these tips to help you boulder safely without getting injured.
This climber was experienced, too. Just shows that you can't be too careful when you climb.
The reality is that you likely need to eliminate some training protocols and narrow your focus to become a better climber.
Heidi Wirtz describes how to use stretches to warm up for and recover from a climbing session.
This anchorless belay relied on bodyweight and broke all the rules in the book, including some that weren't even in there.
Gyms are great and all. But you can get just as strong by consciously training during your outdoor sessions.
Violating the rule "never take your brake hand off the rope," is bad enough, but this belayer took it to a whole new level of danger.
After a near-death climbing experience, I was inspired to dig deeper into the psychology of fear and learn about its effect on performance, how it wells up in the first place, and what we can do to deal with it. What I found will take your climbing to the next level—and could save your life.
Not all climbing sessions are equal. Pick the wrong one and you'll waste time and not improve.
Hard climbing brings out the best in people. It also brings out the worst. If (when) things go south, here's how to turn it around.
We climbers love our labels, but figuring out just what type of climber you really are begs defining.
Prepare, Condition and remain consistent with these pull-up training tips from Tom Randall
Kettlebells are among the best supplemental workouts for targeting climbing fitness. They're also convenient and fast.
Here are 23 tips from veteran climbers for going outside. Whether you're new to the scene or a pro, they still apply.
Check out Kevin Corrigan's author page.
Maximum strength training teaches your body to do more with what it already has.
You see untold climbing photos nearly every day and most of them suck. The bad news is they're your pics. It doesn't have to be this way. Follow the advice from these five expert climbing photographers and start taking world-class pics you'll be proud to share.
When the lactic acid builds, many climbers abandon these basic principles.
Falling is as integral to climbing as climbing itself, yet it creates fear that you must address correctly—and you must learn proper falling technique in order to fall safely.
It’s easy to train but it’s also easy to over-train. No matter how much you climb, you just can’t seem to get better. Or you have a nagging injury. Or you can’t concentrate and flub beta. Or you’re just plain scared. If this is you, then you need to change what you’re doing.
"Alpine climbing seems like a great way to escape the crowds, but a little intimidating. What’s a good progression?"
Warrior's Way pioneer Arno Ilgner lays out the specifics for why we often fail on a climb, and how to push past the barriers.
Our gear expert weighs in.
Are you training too much, too little, or missing the mark with your program? Coach has the beta for maximizing your approach to climbing fitness.
Swelling and pain are your body trying to heal itself the natural way
The Australian style of rappel might be fine if you are being shot at, but for climbing it's a very unnecessary risk.
You’re weaker now. So what? Here’s how to handle setbacks and get back to your old sending self.
Get the weight off your arms by putting more on your feet using the miracle of the drop knee. Here's how.
Webbing may cost less than climbing rope, but it doesn't stretch and belay devices aren't designed for it. It seems self apparent that you should only climb on an actual climbing rope, but not everyone has gotten the message.
The second part of a three-part series on basic techniques, this lesson drills down into flagging, the move for making reaches on steep rock without having to increase your power.
A proper warm-up will target mobility and stability in both the wrists and fingers. Here's how to do it right.
Progress capture devices can be used to save energy and climb harder on big alpine routes.
What does it mean to try hard? Is it physical or mental, and how do we get better at digging deep? The author discusses.
A gym climber needed a belay, so a stranger offered to hold her rope. Literally, just held onto the rope for the belay.
This 15 minute "prehab" routine can reduce the rate of shoulder injury and increase your performance on shouldery moves.
Climbers often neglect limbs that can be especially useful for climbing, like the head, shoulder, knee, and hip. These seven tips show the importance of keeping an open mind and using any body part, no matter how ignoble a figure you cut.
Sick of being the weakling and the buffoon? Forget excuses. “Discrete tension,” aka DT, can earn you credit for routes significantly harder than you actually redpoint.
Dropped, forgotten, or mysteriously vanished gear can ruin a climbing day. Worst case, it can be life-threatening. But with a little know-how, you can recover from bone-headed mistakes and keep climbing—and also impress friends with your savvy.
Alongside a group of climbing-oriented phsyio students, "The Climbing Doctor" lays out how you can become your most powerful self.