10 Tips for beginners to climb harder routes

10 nipsHave you have been climbing a few times and enjoy it. Do you want to be able to climb more routes, harder routes but don’t know what to do? You can improve by using ten simple tactics or tips. Some of these are better technique, a healthier diet at the crag, and greater mental focus of the task at hand.

Nutrition- Eat healthy foods at the crag

1. Drink more water when you climb. A hydrated body will keep you going longer.
2. Eat some bananas, the potassium will flush the lactic acids out of your arms and you will be able to hold on to the rock longer.
3. Take a break after each climb, maybe 30 minutes and after 3 or 4 climbs eat some carbs; a bagel and cream cheese, or a small bowl of pasta salad. This will help keep you going for the rest of the day.

Technique- Place your feet more deliberately

3. Climb on your feet. Look at your feet. Place your shoes deliberately on good holds and stand on them. Use your legs to push up!
4. Rest when you get to stances or ledges, take a couple of minutes to calm your breathing and your heart rate. This will help get the blood moving out of your arms.
5. Shake your fore arms when resting while alternating between holding your arms above  and below your shoulders.

Mental Training- Use greater mental focus for the task at hand

6. Climb until you fall. Do not give up or think that you can not make a move, just keep climbing until you fall off the rock. You will be surprised at how far you can go.
7. Look at the climb before you begin climbing, try to find large ledges, pockets, and  remember where they are. Plan your route up the wall before you leave the ground.
8. Smile to yourself before you start up the route because you are in the outdoors having fun. A positive, happy mind  and GO FOR IT attitude will do wonders!

Recovery- After the climbing day
9. Remember to get lots of rest after a climbing day at least 8 hours sleep. You have just worked your muscles and they need sleep to recover.
10. Use a skin recovery cream to help your finger tips recover after the tip shredding experience you have put them through.

If you are a beginner and put these ten tips of how to climb harder into action. After ten days of climbing you should feel fitter, more confident and able to climb a grade higher. Get out there and try it.



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  1. Totally agree with, these are the tactics I also use! 🙂

  2. A really nice post – it’s good advice.

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