Climb easier to climb harder

EDITORIAL

Thursday, 22 July

Everyone wants to climb harder, and training programs and online coaches pop up like mushrooms. Basically, their focus is how to get stronger quickly and how to peak quickly. This is an appropriate approach if you have climbed for many years and have excellent technical skills. Remember, however, that Adam Ondra became the best climber in the world just by climbing and enjoying training without any specific structure.

The number one advice for most rock climbers is just to climb more and easier than you use to. Until you can regularly do 7a's, the rock itself is your best coach. In order to become a better climber and making this your long term lifestyle, go for the easier grab every challenge they create. Climb them quicker, in a different style or simply just avoiding some holds.

The dilemma with the new culture with training programs and online coaches promising progress is that you become addicted to climbing harder grades and you might lose all the other reasons for climbing: friendship, scenery and adrenaline. The rock is your best coach and it is free. It is just up there to grab it!

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