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 you are working on a tall bouldering project or a long route, if at first you don’t succeed, consider taking a rest.

Resting on route or between attempts helps with the following:

  • Slows down the heart rate
  • Allows the muscles to relax and regain strength
  • Increases endurance
  • Gives the climber a chance to review the problem or next move
  • Prevents injury from over-straining key tendons or muscles

Especially on longer routes, it is important to find areas on the route with large jugs or edges where you can rest. These rest points help you to power through the more challenging crux parts of the climb. For more on this see our other videos on “Resting between Attempts” and “Resting on Routes”.

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.