Dynamic climbing is essentially climbing quickly, relying on momentum and timing rather than just strength and stamina to make upward progress.
Why climb dynamically?
Moving dynamically can help the weaker climber overcome powerful moves and when performed correctly it is an energy efficient and kinaesthetically pleasing technique that is useful to any climber. Taken to its extreme, it also makes possible moves that could not be done statically.
Use of legs
The power behind a dynamic move all comes from the legs. They are much stronger than your arms and will launch you much farther, and using your
Determining which footholds to use takes practise. Usually, the biggest
Unless the move is unfeasibly far, keep your feet on the rock for as long as possible throughout the action, as this makes ‘hanging’ (achieving) the hold you’re going for much easier.
Position your feet as high as possible without passing your point of balance. This point varies for each climber depending upon leg strength and flexibility. Usually your feet should be below your hips.
Use of arms
Use your arms as pivots to direct the move. On steeper ground, you can
Look where you’re going!
Focus on your destination handhold. When you launch, commit with 100 percent conviction that you will ‘stick that hold’. Check out the fall prior
The secret to dynamic climbing is timing. Your body’s swing, thrust, pull,
If you were to do a squat jump you would spring up into the air then fall back down to the ground. But at the high point of that jump, for a split
Accuracy is very important. Do not overshoot the hold – this will increase
In large or sideways ‘dynos’ it is sometimes necessary to build up momentum before launching for a hold. Don’t swing or bounce too much, one or two motions should provide sufficient power to cover any gap if released at
Practice and watch your friends practice dynamic movement. Notice their body positions when they do it correctly and incorrectly.
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