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 a “perfect edge” when climbing. However, a rounded or “sloping” feature can also be made positive for movement.

This is accomplished by pressing with your palm downwards, and then shifting your bodyweight onto your palm.

This down-palm technique is especially helpful when trying to mantle over a bulge or roof. For more on this, see our video on “Mantling”.

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


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