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 for success. From there, one takes the pre-rehearsed movements in their head, and attempts them on the wall.

When deciphering your sequence, it is important to consider the difficult sections, known as the “crux”.

We do this by analyzing:

1. The direction of pull

2. The hands and feet

3. Body positioning

Try to progress through the moves as fluidly as possible. You will also need to make slight changes on the fly, meaning, the sequence you had planned on the ground will probably differ slightly from the true execution of the actual movement that unlocks a climbing problem. That is part of the fun!

Sometimes planning the sequence is like playing chess. You must think a few moves ahead (to your end goal, such as a rest jug), and then work backwards in your mind to your current location.

Planning the sequences ahead of time (from the ground) saves energy, and increases your chances for the “On Sight”. This means a successful climb the first time, without falling.

Hopefully this also helps you crush more routes in a single day!

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.