Let’s consider this scenario: you have tried climbing once or twice, and your first inclination was to tightly grip each hand hold while pulling yourself up with your arms. You sent your first route or boulder problem and it felt great! You quickly realized that you found your next hobby.
However, your forearms are pumped and your hands ache. As you transition to the next slightly more difficult route, you started feeling a change. On easier routes you were able to climb with just your hands and upper body strength, but as you progressed you realized that something was missing. You were so close to making that move, but your footwork prevented you from doing so.
As a new climber you are constantly told to focus on using your footwork. Why? Because of the following reasons:
The midsole, the toe, the inside and outside edge of your climbing shoe is the area you want to focus your weight on. Watch Tim Rose, the Youth Program Director demonstrate these footwork basics in the video.
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