16. Aid Climb Like You Lead – Free Climb

In this video we discuss the benefits of integrating free climbing into your aid climbing. If your climb has hand a foot holds, it can be much more efficient to break free of your aid climbing rhythm, and use those natural rock holds to help you step up to the top step of your aiders. Use hand jams, crimps, flag one foot out of its aider for balance—get creative and have fun!

Using a combination of aiding and free climbing skills makes you a more efficient climber, as well as a more well-rounded climber.

We hope you found this video helpful. Feel free to comment below with questions or thoughts!


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