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 approach a hold, consider the climbing hold’s direction of pull.

2. When first engaging with the climbing hold, keep in mind the ways you might oppose, or lean against, the hold (versus gripping and pulling on the hold).

3. Remember to find your feet, and use your legs to enhance the effect of the lean (e.g. use a backstep).

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