Rock Climbing Training Tips to Climbing French Grade 7A

Anthony Robbins believes that one of the steps on the road to success is to create your own magnificent obsession. While on the road to climbing a 7A, I did just that... I created an obsession out of rock climbing. If you really want to nail that project route, here are some tips on how you can send it.

You have to walk, talk, eat, breathe, dream climbing in everything that you do. That means climbing anything and everything possible.

Even the pedestrian crossing:
Even the pedestrian crossing:
Any walls that look remotely climbable (read: as long as it has some sort of feature) you should attempt to climb it:
Any walls that look remotely climbable (read: as long as it has some sort of feature) you should attempt to climb it:
Never mind if it belongs to a Salsa Club - just as long as nobody comes out to chase you away, you're good.  Don't worry about the passerbys either.  A little performance pressure won't hurt you.
Never mind if it belongs to a Salsa Club - just as long as nobody comes out to chase you away, you're good. Don't worry about the passerbys either. A little performance pressure won't hurt you.
Although it's probably better if it isn't and I'm sure you can find something at your local park's obstacle course that you can practice on.
Although it's probably better if it isn't and I'm sure you can find something at your local park's obstacle course that you can practice on.
When it rains and you can't climb, the beams in the shelter you're taking cover under make an excellent project to practice your campus power.
When it rains and you can't climb, the beams in the shelter you're taking cover under make an excellent project to practice your campus power.
Although a more conventional approach would be to practice on some monkey bars at a park:
Although a more conventional approach would be to practice on some monkey bars at a park:
Or any weird structure hanging out of nowhere.  As long as you can create some rule that everyone has to follow, you're good to go.
Or any weird structure hanging out of nowhere. As long as you can create some rule that everyone has to follow, you're good to go.
Climb anything that looks interesting, even if passengers on the train yell at you as if you're crazy and they think you're going to kill yourself.  Hey, you're the climber - you know perfectly well what's safe and what's not.
Climb anything that looks interesting, even if passengers on the train yell at you as if you're crazy and they think you're going to kill yourself. Hey, you're the climber - you know perfectly well what's safe and what's not.
Beach boulders are fantastic as long as you don't fall and maul yourself on the rough edges.
Beach boulders are fantastic as long as you don't fall and maul yourself on the rough edges.
In fact, any boulder you can find is fair game.
In fact, any boulder you can find is fair game.
When there aren't enough ropes or belayers to go around, practice climbing trees.  It's unconventional, but I'm sure you'll be learning something.
When there aren't enough ropes or belayers to go around, practice climbing trees. It's unconventional, but I'm sure you'll be learning something.
Climb even after dark.  You really have to squeeze every last climbable hour out of your weekend unless you can get a full time job climbing.
Climb even after dark. You really have to squeeze every last climbable hour out of your weekend unless you can get a full time job climbing.
Climb even after a hang over from the night before.  That way, you'll have a good excuse for your mates even if you can't send an easy route.
Climb even after a hang over from the night before. That way, you'll have a good excuse for your mates even if you can't send an easy route.
Spend all your birthdays at the crag.  Your friends will think up all sorts of crazy schemes to make you climb just to get your present.
Spend all your birthdays at the crag. Your friends will think up all sorts of crazy schemes to make you climb just to get your present.
Like make you climb barefoot...
Like make you climb barefoot...
Practice balancing - it's good for your climbing, really!  Poles like the one in the photo below are great.  The first one to fall off is a rotten egg.
Practice balancing - it's good for your climbing, really! Poles like the one in the photo below are great. The first one to fall off is a rotten egg.
Or one of these lacky band thingos:
Or one of these lacky band thingos:
Practice your pinch power on a set of scales.
Practice your pinch power on a set of scales.
Practice dyno-ing across a chasm - using a rope of course! We're crazy, yes, but not suicidal!
Practice dyno-ing across a chasm - using a rope of course! We're crazy, yes, but not suicidal!
Travel all day by train,
Travel all day by train,
van,
van,
and boat to get to the climbing mecca in Asia - Krabi.
and boat to get to the climbing mecca in Asia - Krabi.

Spend Christmas, New Year and every public holiday climbing. Climb until you miss all your dinner dates, when nobody but your climbing buddies will ever want to plan dinner with you ever again.

And that's how you get good enough to climb a 7A...

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KateWest 8 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

You're crazy. But a good kind of crazy. (--; Fun post! It never occurred to me to try any of the things you are recommending but if you are an expert climber, I suppose it would work. Maybe if I were a bit younger ... Anyway, I tried rock climbing a few years ago and was hooked at the time. For some reason women seem to be naturals - is it our center of gravity? Now I am re-inspired by your photos, thanks so much! We could all use more adventure in our lives.


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figur8 8 years ago Author

Ah Kate, I was never really an expert - just a passionate enthusiast for rock climbing. I have since taken a break to raise a kid but I do plan to take him rock climbing when he's old enough.

I've noticed that it is easier to be good at something you enjoy so the real key is to enjoy the journey.

As for women being naturals at rock climbing - I believe it has got to do with the fact that we are not as strong as the men so we end up having to be more creative with our moves. That helps us conserve energy and climb better. Men are generally about brute strength and contrary to popular belief, rock climbing isn't necessary about being strong. I've seen body builders in the climbing gym who can't climb for nuts.

I'm glad you found the photos inspiring :-)


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bengriston 7 years ago

These are some great tips. For me I have found the best training for climbing is climbing. There is nothing better than time on the rock itself.


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figur8 7 years ago Author

There's no doubt about that, Ben. These are just the things I used to do when I couldn't climb...


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climberjames 6 years ago from Steel City

Really great post, I am currently getting close to the illusive F7a, love the idea of testing grip on a set of scales!


musclepowerman 6 years ago

Hi good site! am thinking about taking up climbing, I am a bodybuilder so i'm sure i possess the muscle power to do it ;) just wanted to say thanks for the tips. my friend says a good way to test grip strength is to get a pull up bar ad hang from it for a period of time, think it's worth buying one?


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figur8 6 years ago Author

Good luck climberjames - I'm sure that illusive F7a will be yours.

Musclepowerman - rather than getting a pull up bar, I think you're better off getting a finger board. That way, when you get stronger, you can train the hanging power of individual fingers. It's definitely more useful than a pull up bar. You can use the fingerboard to do everything you want to do with a pull up bar and more.


bouldering 6 years ago

Finger boards are good but if you don't know what you're doing, you can injury your fingers as well as your elbows. As figur8 stated, since women have less strength, they find more creative ways to complete a problem that will require less strength. I just started bouldering and at first tried to power my way through everything but after seeing girls half my size complete the same problem without breaking a sweat, I've decided to work a bit more on technique rather than brute strength.

I like the advice about obsession. AR rocks.

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