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How to Climb Harder
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A book for every climber (from beginner to expert) keen to improve their climbing; the things you really need to know without the clutter of an exhaustive ropework manual (and with a lot more helpful advice on climbing moves). The book includes a progressive series of exercises from simple to more complex movements to practice at your local climbing wall, crag, boulders or at home to improve all aspects of your climbing. Most of the exercises are intended for bottom roping or bouldering so you can drill the moves until they become second nature. The aim is to help you climb safer, with more confidence and less effort than before. There's advice on learning (how to make the most of your time spent practicing) and safety (what every climber needs to know). Basic footwork, handholds and body position: the foundations of all the more complex moves like corkscrew rock-overs and the secrets of arete climbing. Resting: how to take time-out in some improbable places. Advanced techniques including exotic (but really handy) foot-locks and dyno's as well as redpointing tips. Lead climbing: reading routes, placing runners and sound tactics for success. Mind games: how to improve your confidence and conquer your fear of falling. And finally training: identifying your weaknesses and making yourself strong and fit to challenge your dream goal climb. The section on training young people will be of interest to any parent or coach. It contains progressive exercises and drills to help you get practicing straight away and to help these skills become second nature. It includes tips and techniques from the most basic steps to exotic (but very useful) foot-locks and 'chicken wing' jams. It will appeal to a wide range of climbers.
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Mark Reeves has been a rock climbing instructor since 1997. In 2005 Mark completed the Mountain Instructor Award whilst working for Plas y Brenin and has been a freelance/associate Instructor for them ever since. Mark has sought to develop his coaching to the highest level through various forms of Continuing Professional Development, including BMC Fundamentals and Learning to Train courses, Plas Y Brenin's Coaching Processes course and finally completing an MSc in Applied Sports Science at Bangor University. This book brings together the academic, practical and personal skills he has developed over the last thirteen years as a climber and coach; climbing routes of all different styles ranging from Diff to E5 in over ten countries.

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