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Mar 7, 2013
Find someone that you think is a good climber and watch their technique. Pay attention to their body position and footwork. Most importantly ask them questions and keep climbing. Dave006
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Mar 7, 2013

The book helped a close friend of mine last summer.
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Mar 7, 2013
Guys I don't think she is still looking to this thread for advice... I think that if she does not have a partner by now she may have quit climbing. But keep laying out the advice. Unassigned User
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Jun 17, 2013
Hey! I know this response is coming pretty late - but I figured someone else with similar concerns might click on this and I wanted to throw a new resource out here:

The biggest new challenge for a lot of new climbers is not having anyone to climb with, or at least not having anyone the same level as them. I work for a climbing company and we're currently just in the beginning of a brand new training program where we show the benefits of using an auto belay in your gym to reach your personal climbing goals - one of these benefits being you don't need a partner to belay you, so you're always able to hit the gym, even if you've only got an hour. It's also a great tool for doing laps to improve endurance.

We've got every level of climber represented in our group - newbies who have never touched a wall before all the way to guys climbing 5.12s and fighting for 5.13s. I actually get to participate myself (I'm an intermediate climber) and it's been a huge help to me so far! You can see the progress and training regimen of all the climbers on our website - check it out and have some fun! Good luck!
Megan C.B.
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Sep 5, 2013
Megan ^ you are spamming with your own commercial interests !


Best book I ever read for my climbing was:

Zen in the art of Archery

Seriously ^. That was what taught me how to breath, relaxe and move in the moment.

regarding movement:
If you want to improve your style and fluidity...
Don't get sucked into the lungey, mexican jumping bean attitude of the typical gym climber. Take your time in your moves, be fluid in thought and motion. coordinate your breathing with your motion/moves.
Allways exert on the exhale. Concentrate on the exhale, don't give a half a ratz ass about your inhalations they willcome naturally if you concentrate on your exhalations.
A fun game I play with beginners is what I call 'Touch and go"
reach with hand or foot, slowly, deliberately and place your apendage exactly how you will use it on the hold (be it hand or foot). Then slowly with draw it back to it's previous position and then...
breathing 1.exhale (for the money) 2. exhale (two for the show) and 3. exhale and go.
When you commit to the move use the hold the way you chose to on your 'touch' before your go. If it is not optimal, then you just learned but don't fidget/shift around on holds when playing 'touch and go'.

99% of the time footwork is 99% of the game. Don't be sloppy and drag your feet up or slap above and slide down into foot positioning. Be surgically precise (or at least aspire to being) with your foot work.

Do this (play touch and go) on easy routes. Then down climb them the same way.
Then build up to where you are playing 'Touch and go' on your harder/almost limit routes.
You just might find that the routes that you thought werenear your limit, you rushed through to get higher before getting pumped...
Now you are cruising them ;)
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