So I've been climbing for about 5 years now, and trad/crack climbing is the new frontier for me which I started a little over a year ago.
I feel fine in a hand size crack and I have no trouble with the occasional fist size crack here and there, but I have a lot of difficulties with cracks between fingers and hands.
Can someone explain to me exactly how I'm supposed to do a ring-jam with my thumb, index, and middle fingers??? Pictures would be great!
I've learned the thumb lock, and while I'm still getting used to it, I like it so far. If my terms are correct a thumb lock is where you have the pad of your thumb on one side and the 1st knuckle on the other with a finger or two stacked on top to hold it in place.
Ryan Justen From St. Paul, MN Joined Nov 13, 2007 265 points
Nice rgold! Two good articles indeed. I remember reading that Steph Davis article when I first started climbing and thinking "Fudge that looks painful!" Then I remember getting on thin stuff at the Creek and saying "Fudge it really is painful!" duh