Helpful Tips!

Because I spend most of my time bouldering I spend a lot of time climbing on over hangs. Even when I’m rope climbing, I always prefer over hanging routes! When your climbing on a wall at a 45 degree angle you tend to get pumped a little bit quicker than you would on a vertical face. There are a couple little tricks you can use to make it through the harder over hanging sections.

Everyone has different strengths in climbing, I tend to excel when I am climbing on crimps. I have smaller hands so it does help :). Climbing upside down on crimps can be hard, you just have to remember to keep moving. Don’t stop, just go! You will get pumped very quickly if you try and rest on a small crimp.  I always rest enough before I enter a really over hanging section to completely de-pump myself if possible. Once you enter the over hanging section, keep moving and remember to not over grip. Don’t think about clipping or anything else. Just climb.

If you are on a vertical face, crimpers can be good resting holds. You need to remember to grip then very lightly, and also switch hands. Don’t just rest on your right or your left hand, always remember to rest both.

It takes a little while to get used to resting and climbing on crimpers. As soon as you get the hang of it, you will love them. They will be the rest holds that you are great full to see on a long route outside! All it takes is practice, practice and more practice!