Nothing makes me cringe more* than watching a climber walk up to the crag and start their day on a steep, crimpy route with powerful cruxes. I usually have to look away for fear I’ll actually see his tendons explode, and never want to touch another crimp again. From observing hundreds of climbers over the [...]
Rest days are a concept I see a lot of climbers struggle with, often packing too much climbing into the course of the week. On the surface, this usually leads to a gradual decline in performance. On a more serious level, it can lead to nasty overuse injuries, some of which can easily become chronic problems they’ll deal with for many years.
Let’s face it, climbing is hard on the body. In fact, it’s on a long list of things that the human body was never intended for: jumping off buildings with parachutes on, hucking 30 foot cliffs on skis, lifting massive amounts of weight, dangling from our finger tips, etc. Even so, it still comes as [...]
We’ve already covered what to do if/when you get hurt, and how to come back the right way, so this month we’re looking at ways to maintain your health once you get it back and how to prevent injuries from happening in the first place.
The biggest mistake most climbers make with injuries is coming back too soon. Obviously it’s hard to stay away from the sport you love, but if you don’t give an injury enough time to heal, it can easily turn into a chronic issue you will battle the rest of your life.
So you’re out on a climb, and something goes wrong. Maybe its a crunch in your shoulder, maybe its a loud pop in your hand (so loud in fact your partner thinks you broke some rock off), or maybe it’s more subtle, something you notice at the end of the day. What should you do?