Nov 5, 2012, 6:25 PM
Registered: Sep 26, 2004
First and foremost, not all trad climbing is crack climbing.
Second, experience and audience on this site, I know a few users have been climbing over 30 years here. Don't assume everyone here is inexperienced.
I agree, technique is extremely important in climbing. Having strength and no technique will not get you up routes any more then having technique and not being strong enough to hold on. Trad cracks are a good example, techniques extremely important, strength and endurance also important.
Lock off strength is just as important in crack climbing as in face climbing. I've also done plenty of trad climbs that were vertical or overhanging face climbs protected by gear. Place like Sunset in TN and WHiteside in North Carolina, I found being able to lock off very useful when placing gear. Sometimes high is the only place the gear will go.
Roof cracks, even small one require the ability to hold on, even from jams, being strong enough to hold your weight is important.
I agree, bouldering and sport climbing will help too. Both develop technique, strength, and power.
As a trad climber first and sport climber second, I know for sure that strength plays a crucial role in your climbing ability. No, the strongest climber won't always climb the hardest.
I can't do 20 pull-ups personally. I can do 10 very good and controlled pull-ups. I can do 5 very controlled pull-ups with extra weight.
(This post was edited by guangzhou on Nov 5, 2012, 6:37 PM)