Wednesday, August 27, 2014

How to climb the wall

I mean, how to climb the wall deliberately. Jen Murphy has some tips in the WSJ, Aug 19, 2014.

First, you don't just muscle your way up--you need to analyze your route.

Start with bouldering--which is, I guess, scrambling over boulders, but staying pretty close to the ground.

Then you can learn belaying in a gym with a rock wall. You will master the knots and techniques.

Keep your hands on the rope, your eyes on your climbing partner.

Do exercises to strengthen your core--also increase flexibility with yoga.

If your fingers get sore--put your hands in a bowl of rice and open and close over and over.

For me, there is no mountain I feel the need to crawl up--but people are different.

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