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dmon


Feb 24, 2002, 4:09 AM
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One boulder problem I'm working on at the moment has a tough mantle and I was after some tips on how to climb mantles.
Thanks.


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Commit to it... Once you get your hips (center of gravity) past your hand/hands, you've got it made. Some people fail to commit to it, and never get their hips over.

Hips and body tension, that's the key.



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And putting more weight on your hands as your hips move higher up.


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Here's a tip:

Spell "MANTEL" correctly!

Sheesh.

[Hint: Think "mantelshelf" as in "above fireplace." Look, even Duane Raleigh can be trained. After endless emails from me, his magazine now spells it correctly most of the time.]


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Yay Pete! Good spelling is key!


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just pretend you're pulling yourself out of a swimming pull


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If its not an overhang, or if it is hopefully a small one, try doing a real quick smear with your shoes. It can give you a little relief of your hands. On one of the mantel's at my local crag i put my hands in a good position pulled up and then quickly smeared each one of my feet on the wall. Gave me a little push


dmon


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Fair enough PTPPete, but "mantelshelf" as in "above the fireplace" is not exactly in common usage in a city where it rarely gets below 10 degrees C!

But... M A N T E L. Will I be able to climb it now Dr Piton?


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There are some good tips about mantel moves in "How to Rock Climb" by John Long. It also has a lot of other great information. You can find a used copy at half.com.

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