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timpanogos


May 31, 2002, 5:58 PM
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I’ve only been climbing a couple of months – I lead a 5.6 the other day, and TR some 5.9’s while struggling and falling on some 5.8’s and lower (especially overhangs).

There are a few good climbing gyms in my area that offer 2 and 3 part Technique training (about 2 hours per part) from around 50 to 100 dollars per part.

Will taking these types of gym classes be worth it? Will they help me to consistently climb those 9’s and work upwards? Buy books instead? Just keep climbing and the technique will come?

Any and all thoughts are welcome.

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Chad


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I started indoor climbing about the same time as a co-worker of mine over the winter, and we were progessing about the same rate. Recently he started an "advanced techniques" course, and is waaaay ahead of me in the gym (me reliably on the 5.9s, him working the 5.10ds). Mind you, I've had a few outdoor courses under my belt whereas he hasn't, and I know I can flash past him on "real rock".

If you've got the money and time? Go for it all. The books and videos aren't bad either, for when it's too wet and miserable to be out on the cliff .


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We can't tell you if those specific classes will be good for you because, for one thing, we don't know who is teaching them. As a general principle, though, I'd say that if they are taugtht weill, you could learn a lot.

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I say if you want to improve.
Then all of the above!
Everyone will tell you that qualified training is highly recomended. It's the safest way to learn and it can't hurt. Plus you will learn to do things the right way.
The best way to improve quickly is to climb alot and climb with people better than you. A good mentor is a great thing to have as well.
The books will tell you how to climb but don't make sense till someone is there to show you the right way to do it.

Climb safe and be happy.
Later


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Hmm, being someone who started out in a gym and didn't get anywhere until she got outside . . . I'd say wait on the technique classes. Some climbing technique is inherent. At your level, that stuff shouldn't be requiring much technique. I say get on some harder routes and fall off until you get them wired, then you'll be learning technique.


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  I came accross the same paradox while working on 5.7`s some time ago. The staff at the gym said I that I would be waisting my time and money doing the courses. They said the best thing to do would be to climb with partners that are better than me and watch other climbers. I did so and my climbing improved. Asking other climbers is also another good way to learn and meet new people.


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i joined a climbing team, and it helped a lot. and there were a lot of ounger kids on it so you didnt get one on one attention. i bet if you had private lessons then you would learn a lot. being on the team helped me a lot with resting and im climbing a lot better now. if you have the money for it...why not do it?


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I guess it depends on what kind of climbing you want to do...
If you want to learn to climb well outside...Climb Outside..
IF you want to learn to climb well in the gym...Climb in the gym..
Usually there is a big difference

Also, I think technique comes in time


colin


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I think a technique course will help you a great deal BUT, you could save your money and watch as many experienced, smooth, technical climbers as possible.

Know by seeing. Learn by doing.


maddie


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maybe climb wif some1 more experienced and learn things off them... and just keep climbing


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