Addictive but usually legal, crack climbing has become hugely popular in recent years. As a result, specific techniques and strategies have been developed by climbers to help tackle everything from low-angle slab cracks to soaring splitters. Through a blend of text, color photos, and illustrations, Crack Climbing! clearly demonstrates and explains what it takes to climb cracks successfully.
FROM THE INTRODUCTION:
“It may be the fun and fluid motion of crack climbing, the sustained athleticism required, the ‘head’ for placing gear, or even the amazing like-minded individuals we meet at the crags that attract us to this sport. But more than all that, we like clipping the anchor on a wonderfully strenuous crack and experiencing the worn-out yet satisfied feeling of arriving home at the end of a long, happy journey.” Starting with an overview of the unique crack types found at the world’s most famous climbing areas, the authors move on to cover such topics as:
- Jamming techniques (finger, hand, fist, foot, body)
- Strategies for specific crack types such as chimneys, liebacks, underclings, and roof cracks
- How to safely lead cracks and place protection
- Techniques for efficient movement and strength recovery while climbing
- Obtaining the psychological edge to be a successful crack climber