Back to the bouldering caves at my gym this morning. Got some good tips from a couple folks there, one who happens to be the gym manager, and one who’s better than me in that played hockey in high school kind of way. It was interesting to study them make the same moves with totally different body positioning. When they saw me struggle on problems they’d completed, they offered tips. “Turn your hip” or “use a heel hook”. I learned a lot by tweaking techniques I’ve found generally workable into something more solid. It’s all basics, but it never hurts to have a reminder.

– turn your hip to get your body closer to the wall
– use your feet to pull you into the wall
– trust your feet when they’re pushing on a hold
– get your feet higher
– body tension
– use your thumbs, they’re opposable!

These are all things I already know and often coach others on, but being reminded to do it better by someone who just did it better was incredibly valuable. Also, we cheered each other on. There’s a lot to be said for good vibes and encouragement.

This is one of the things I love about bouldering. You don’t get interaction like this on a rope.

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