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What does it mean to "heel hook" or to "toe hook"? I've read these techniques are used on climbing overhangs. Are they used any other times? All help is appreciated!


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You can also use toe and heel hooks to help keep you closer to the wall, thus putting more weight on your driving foot. They also help when mantaling to the side. And they really come in handy when traversing large gaps.


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Toe hooks and heel hooks are pretty much what they sound like. A hook holds on to something. With a toe hook, you're using the tip of your shoe to hook onto something, and with a heel hook, you use your heel to hook on to something.

Both are very efficient in keeping from barndooring (swining out, losing balance), and take some time to perfect. Both take muscles not normally used, so initially your hooking will be weak. But eventaually, like any muscle, they will get stronger, and you'll see you're able to hook things you never could before.


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I have heard it best described as the use of your leg as a third arm. I have found it useful when comming around the corner of a ceiling onto a wall. Use your heel or toe on top of a hold or in a pocket like you would your hand and pull up with your leg. Like above, it takes a muscle movement that you aren't used to. It is an awkward feeling at first.


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