Typically, the biggest difference between beginner climbers and advanced crushers is an understanding of Climbing Movement.

This ClimbingTechTips video series depicts the physical factors and biomechanics of Climbing Movement. This includes hands, feet, body posturing, and other considerations. We have included the fundamentals, as well as more advanced intricacies.

No matter which climbing category you prefer – gym climbing, bouldering, sport climbing, traditional climbing – we guarantee you will improve after dialing in essential Climbing Movement.

Let’s get started! Our Climbing Movement video series is below. Be careful, and have fun!

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Please remember, climbing is inherently dangerous. Climb at your own risk.


Climbing Movement: 1. The Process of Movement

  1. The Process of Movement In this video we review The Process of Movement. The process of movement aims to describe and analyze the pattern...

Climbing Movement: 2. Direction of Pull

  2. Direction of Pull In this video we review the direction of pull. Most climbing holds have an ideal angle from which to pull. This...

Climbing Movement: 3. Hand Hold Orientation

  3. Hand Hold Orientation In this video we review the four basic types of hand-hold orientations found in rock climbing. This will not describe the...

Climbing Movement: 4. Open Hand vs. In-Cut Climbing Holds

  4. Open Hand vs. In-Cut Climbing Holds In this video we review the difference between Open Hand and In-Cut hand holds. Let's think of open...

Climbing Movement: 5. Jugs

  5. Jugs A “jug”  is a term used to describe a large positive feature, typically a hand hold. The textbook jug is a full hand,...

Climbing Movement: 6. Crimping

  6. Crimping A “crimp”  is a term used to describe small edges or hand-holds, ranging from in-cut to sloping. The word “crimp” can define both...

Climbing Movement: 7. Down Palm

  7. Down Palm A “down palm” can often be used on face climbs, on slab climbs, and on “mantles” for “mantling”. You won't always have...

Climbing Movement: 8. Using Chalk

  8. Using Chalk Chalk is a vital component for most climbers.   Without chalk on your hands, the climber is undoubtedly climbing in sub-optimal conditions. Greasy...

Climbing Movement: 9. Edges for Hands

  9. Edges for Hands An “edge” typically describes a rock feature, with a flat surface. Edges vary in length. Longer edges are called “rails”, while shorter...

Climbing Movement: 10. Edging for Feet

  10. Edging for Feet “Edging” is a term that describes precise placement of the inner or outer edge of the climbing shoe.   Edges are small,...

Climbing Movement: 11. Hips In

  11. Hips In The theory of “Hips In” relates to our “Posturing” and “Process of Movement” videos. In posturing, the act of “hips in” involves...

Climbing Movement: 12. Sequencing

  12. Sequencing “Sequencing” involves envisioning potential combinations of moves for hands and feet, as well body positioning. Visualizing yourself making the moves helps improve your chances...

Climbing Movement: 13. Breathing

  13. Breathing Being aware of your breath is critical for climbers. We don’t mean fresh breath; we mean proper breathing. Calm, regular breathing is key to...

Climbing Movement: 14. Posturing

  14. Posturing “Posture” or the act of “posturing” is the term we use for the most basic and efficient body position you can place yourself...

Climbing Movement: 15. Body Tension

  15. Body Tension By maintaining body tension throughout the entire body, a climber minimizes unnecessary movement or swinging. A loss in body tension between hand and...

Climbing Movement: 16. Opposition vs. Compression

  16. Opposition vs. Compression Climbers use the forces of opposition and compression to their advantage. These forces turn seemingly impossible holds or positions into usable,...

Climbing Movement: 17. The DeadPoint

  17. The DeadPoint “Deadpointing” is a term used to describe an advanced movement technique. Imagine you are fairly extended, and about to do a hard...

Climbing Movement: 18. Resting While Climbing

  18. Resting While Climbing In this video we review the opposite of movement. Specifically, resting! The importance of resting while climbing cannot be stressed enough. Whether...

Climbing Movement: 19. Staying Calm & Focused

  19. Staying Calm & Focused A calm and focused climber often succeeds in topping out on routes, despite personal fatigue or route intensity. Below are...

Climbing Movement: 20. The Importance of Leaning

  20. The Importance of Leaning “Leaning” technique uses bodyweight to maximize the effectiveness of a hold, while preserving energy on the route. 1. As you...

Climbing Movement: 21. Side Pulls

  21. Side Pulls A “side pull” is any hold that has vertical orientation in relation to the climb. Meaning, pulling sideways. Side pulls come in...

Climbing Movement: 22. Taking Time Off

  22. Taking Time Off In this video we review taking time off between climbing trips, specific climbing training, or general climbing sessions. Whether you are just...

Climbing Movement: 23. Tips for Beginners

  23. Tips for Beginners In this video, our CTT athletes share a few tips for newer climbers just starting out: Pick a pair of shoes that...

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