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Traditional climbing skills provide access to some of the most spectacular and inspiring features on the planet. From soaring shields of flawless Sierra granite to gravity-defying towers of Wingate sandstone, the ability to perform on gear-protected terrain opens the door to a magnificent world of limitless adventure. There are technical climbing skills and physical-fitness requirements unique to trad climbing that can make a significant difference on the sharp end. Furthermore, besides its intrinsic value, trad climbing can also reveal gaps in a climber’s capabilities, and thus provide an excellent means to improve general climbing weaknesses.
The Unique Requirements of Traditional Climbing
Due to the differences between sport and trad climbs, a slightly modified training approach should be used. While traditional routes can take nearly any form, here we’re focusing primarily on the most archetypical trad routes: granite and sandstone gear-protected climbs that are not very steep. These routes often differ from sport climbs in the following ways:
• Climbing Pace
• Hold type and size
• Duty cycle
• Frequency and Quality of Rests
• Predominance of Onsight Style
• Climbing Shoes
• Environmental Conditions
Training adjustments can be made to better prepare for these attributes commonly encountered on trad climbs. The Rock Climber’s Training Manual will help you tailor your training approach to maximize your odds of success when trad climbing near your limit.
Learn more in The Rock Climber’s Training Manual. Topics on Trad and Big-Wall Free Climbing include:
• Training exercise adjustments for trad climbing
• Adjusting your training schedule to maximize trad climbing performance
• Physical training for big-wall free climbing
• Advice on big-wall free climbing ascent style
• Logistical planning for big-wall free climbing
• Developing the best attitudes for big-wall free climbing success
• Expert tips on climbing your big wall project
RCTM.com Articles related to Trand and Big Wall Free Climbing:
In December 2004, I (Mike) made the First Free Ascent (FFA) of the historic North Face of Angels Landing (aka Lowe Route). This amazing feature (the N Face of Angel’s Landing) was the premier climbing feature in one of America’s most beautiful National Parks, and yet it had never been free climbed. The route went free at 5.13, Grade V. Here is the story I wrote shortly after the ascent. It first appeared in a forum thread on Rockclimbing.com on Zion Climbing History in April 2005. The photos are all courtesy of Mr. Andrew Burr who worked very hard to take these amazing shots! Read more…
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