Handy tips for Rock Climbing

Hi climbers!

This time I want to show you Matthew Childs’ handy tips for rock climbing. He is an advertising manager and a lifelong rock climber and climbing guide.

Some of his most interesting and useful pieces of advice are the following:

– Do not let go is a very sure success method, he says. Your mind often wants you quit before your body does. So hang in there, and you come up with some pretty peculiar solutions.

– Hesitation is bad. For example, friction climbing does not have any sort of hard positive edges and you are climbing on little dimples and nubbins in the rock. The most friction you have is when you first put your hand or your foot on the rock. And then from that point on, you are basically falling.

– Having a plan. When you are on the last pitch of the mountain and there are about 300 metres of air below you often what happens is you are planning so hard for like, “How do I get through the hardest part? How do I get through the hardest part?” And then what happens? You get to the last pitch. It is easy. And you are completely flamed out. Do not do it. You have to plan ahead to get to the top.

– Being aware about how to rest. The best climbers – he affirms – are the ones that in the most extreme situations can get their bodies into some position where they can rest, regroup, calm themselves, focus, and keep going. Fear can damage you because what it means is you are not focusing on what you are doing. You are focusing on the consequences of failing at what you are doing because any given move should require all your concentration and thought processes to execute it effectively.

– Strength does not always equal success.  The most important thing – Matthew says – is not trashing, but finding the right balance. Women are much more in balance than men because they do not have that idea that they are going to be able to do 100 pull-ups. They think about how to get the weight over their feet. So balance is really critical, and keeping your weight on your feet, which is your strongest muscle.

– Once you get to that point where you know you are going to fall, you need to start thinking about how you are going to let go because that is the critical piece of not getting hurt. Especially, how you are going to fall onto the rope, or if you are climbing without a rope, fall to a place where you can actually control the fall.

If you want to find out more rules from Matthew Childs enjoy his inspiring TEDvideo.

I strongly believe they are excellent ways also to cope with daily difficulties…Don’t you think? 😉

Francesca Berti


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