Improving Footwork -Outdoor climbing

This is a really good summary that was just worthwhile to share. It’s totally true, while missing the giant orange hand hold sign is tough, its the footwork that changes the most, and even to the point of mostly concave foot holds outdoors, little holes you stick your toes in, as opposed to convex ledges indoors. It’s an interesting transition that can make the cockiness gym rat humble 🙂

Climbing Together and Other Fun Adventures


Climbs in the gym requires a great deal of footwork and technique, but I’ve never found an indoor climbing hold that was truly as small as some of the feet you must use outdoors. Even in the more beginner to intermediate stages of outdoor climbing, it may feel like there is nothing there when you first look at a climb. Therefore, it feels like a slightly different game at times. I’m coming up with some tips to help anyone out there who is interested, as well as myself.

Let’s start with some basics:

1. You want to make sure you have a good outdoor climbing shoe. I have been wearing the Mad Rock Contact 2.0s and they are super sensitive. I like this because I can feel each hold and inside this really improved my footwork. The problem is that when your foothold is a tiny pebble you can hardly…

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About adventuresunplugged

The world is a really cool place. I moved to Zurich almost three years ago to start my PhD, and have really enjoyed the different opportunites living close to the Swiss alps offered. This blog is about some of my adventures, climbing, mountaineering, rock climbing, traveling... life in general! Wow, haven't updated this bad boy in some time! While the above is still true I have gone on to finish the PhD, so that is Dr Unplugged to you. I also have landed a job in Switzerland and will be shortly moving to Geneva. Clearly I have some adventures ahead left to explore with you guys along for company!
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