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 The Secrets of Balance Climbing 
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The Secrets of Balance Climbing
by: Chris Haycock

Balance climbing is used to climb rock formations. As a climber you must study the route you are to travel, to ensure that you have chosen the best route and have the proper equipment. Before setting out, you should mentally climb the route you have chosen to anticipate future events or incidents.

The proper technique of balance climbing involves the following: v Eyes. As a climber, you must observe the entire route selected to climb. Use your eyes to climb the pitch. You should identify handholds and footholds, possible belay positions, alternate routes, rest spots, and a route for down climbing or descending. You must use your eyes continuously to look for subsequent handholds and footholds, and rest positions. As well as to continue planning and revision of the route. v Body Position. As you move and climb, your body must be in balance; that is, your weight must be centred over your feet. Use your hands mainly for balance, and support you body weight with your legs.

If you lean in toward a rock, your feet will not hold well; you must keep your body out and away from the rock to counter the gravitational pull of the body. With your body in balance, move with a slow, rhythmic motion. If possible try to maintain three points of contact with the rock, such as two hands and one foot.

Avoid a spreadeagle position, since you must stretch too far and cannot let go without falling. When you reach a position of security try to rest, since tensed muscles tire quickly. Allow for circulation by keeping your arms as low as possible, and while you relax,take the opportunity to plan your next move.

When selecting handholds, you should keep your hands about waist-to-shoulder level. This allows you the desired upright, balanced position as well as resting your arms. It is better to use small, intermediate holds rather than stretching and clinging to widely separated holds. Handholds may susequently become footholds. Your arms or legs should not be crossed, nor should you use your knees or elbows as handholds or footholds.

There is an acronym that will help you remember the proper procedures during balance climbing. CASHWORTH.

C - Conserve energy.
A - Always test holds.
S - Stand upright on flexed joints.
H - Hands kept low; handholds should be waist-to-shoulder high.
W - Watch your feet.
O - On three points of contact; avoid using knees and elbows; avoid awkward, out of balance positions.
R - Rhythmic movement.
T - Think and plan ahead.
H - Heels kept lower than toes, and pointed inwards.

Learn this and you will be one step ahead of the game.

About The Author
Chris Haycock is an information publisher, one of whose many hobbies is climbing. With recurring knee problems, including one replacement, making it no longer possible to physically climb, he spends a lot of time researching resources to help other climbers. For details of one amazing resource, go to

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