Really easy to follow and well written. I love the videos that go with it - really brings everything together. I've brought this with me when I go rock climbing, and I've really progressed with it! I'm very much a beginner and this book has really helped me learn some of the skills and techniques. More importantly, it's a load of fun!
I have been climbing indoors for over 4 years now, fairly regularly (at least once a week if not more) while I am not travelling. When Paul, one of the instructors at the climbing wall, wrote this book, he asked if me and a friend if we would be happy to follow the training plan from the book and give him feedback and do a review. This is my honest opinion and how I found the book and the instructions helped my climbing. I would call myself a casual climber, mainly top roped 6as and lead only 5s and never did bouldering. I love climbing, and as I travel a lot and lose the strength and stamina when I am away, I often found myself back on the slabs where I could still climb hard routes (as hard as 6c+s). But on verticals and overhangs, I struggled and my grades would drop to 6as max and I would get pumped and tired. So I was keen in improving my technique, relying less on strength so I could still come back and climb equally hard routes on verticals as well as slabs. As we only had three months to commit to a training plan before my next trip, Paul revised and gave us a short training plan, requiring us to climb twice a week, one fun session climbing whatever we want, and one technique session focusing on a particular section of the book based on our ability. Me and my friend committed and stuck with it. My first impression was that the book is an extremely useful resource for a beginner who wants to get started with the right techniques. The first few sections (which we skipped as we already had a good understanding) are on footwork and keeping arms straight. The descriptions are simple to follow and I think the winning aspect of the book is that it comes with videos of before/after a particular technique. The videos can be accessed by scanning barcodes on the pages of the relevant sections which is also accompanied by coloured pictures and illustrations. Paul is obviously very passionate about what he does and is a great teacher and goes out of his way, providing every detail that could help improve and master that technique.
Having fast forwarded the first chapters, we started halfway with the twisting, moving on to pivoting and finishing with the dropped knees. At the beginning, it wasn’t coming naturally and we had to consciously think about those moves. We worked a lot of easy routes and traverses, going right back to basics, unlearning some of our old habits. Even though we had skipped the first chapters, we still tried to focus on footwork and the other basics making sure we have a good base. It was so great not to be obsessed by doing hard routes on the technique session as it is only on easy routes where you have the mental space to think about and plan your moves. I thought it might take the fun element out of climbing, but turning it into games (as the training plan does) made it all the more fun and made me as a belayer or partner more observant.
Soon twisting and getting into correct resting positions became natural. By the end of the three months, we were dancing our ways up easy routes, hardly getting tired and amazingly found ourselves doing similar moves, using those techniques on harder routes. For the first time, I was able to climb 6bs, 6cs on a vertical wall!! Overhangs felt a lot easier with the twisting and it meant we would use out energy more efficiently, climbing harder and longer. Paul always made himself available if we had a question. I must say, the training and the book took our climbing to a different level, and I went from someone who had plateaued at 6as as a lot of indoor top-ropers do to someone who is more confident to tackle harder routes. For the first time, I found myself bouldering for hours as I could just look at a route, work out the moves, knowing exactly what I was capable of. Straight arms and precise footwork meant I could come down a route much more efficiently as well (as I hate the jump-downs). I even lead a 6a+ without freaking myself out.
I am so psyched now having gone through this, I see climbing in a different way, as if it all makes sense now. As if all I needed to know was to understand the mechanics of it which the book does a great job. I still a hold and immediately my brain is working out what angle I should be pulling and where I can rest! I would say any beginner can improve massively using this book either on his own or preferably with a partner in crime and soon they will be climbing the upper grades of 6s mainly relying on technique, considering that if you followed the training plan in the book which is slow and gradual over a fairly long period, you would also build the strength that would be help you climb routes which also incorporate more powerful moves. We absolutely enjoyed reading the book and highly recommend it.
Great tool to improve climbing technique !!! After reading the book, it pushed me to be in correct body position whilst climbing and many more things I never focused on. In result I can climb more efficient and much longer ! The book is user friendly as it's designed for everybody with different learning styles., especially because it's full of photographs, written in very clear language and obviously the option to watch videos is amazing. Apart from that, I found it very helpful when it comes to practising by using all exercises suggested in the book. I recommend this ''climbing guide'' to everybody who just started climbing and also for experienced climbers too as a reminder of efficient technique. Not everyone can afford private lessons with personal instructor, but everyone can get affordable book such as ''PERFECT TECHNIQUE FOR CLIMBERS''
This is one of the best resources on climbing technique that I have found. It beats the countless videos I have watched hands down. Not only are skills clearly explained, but the fears and blocks we have to climbing well are addressed. I have been climbing for about a year, and have picked up a lot of tips along the way, but this book condenses them all into one concise yet comprehensive volume. I can also see how more experienced climbers will benefit as bad habits will be corrected and strength moves replaced by skillful moves. I am looking forward to using the plans and training/coaching tips. The videos are great too - some "normal" climbers and some excellent demos from the resident ninjas too!
I have been climbing for about 4 years now and was recommended this book by a friend so that I could improve my technique. The book is detailed and not only explores all climbing fundamentals but also delves into the techniques of more advanced climbing. I have read numerous books on climbing technique, but this book has taught me many new tips and tricks that other books haven't touched upon and I would recommend this to anyone any day as a fantastic climbing book, for anyone of any climbing ability.
Haven't been climbing for long but I really enjoy it. I feel this book has helped me so much with my technique. First pair of shoes lasted about 3 months as I was doing all my foot placements wrong, after following the book just for the first few lessons my shoes have already lasted 5 months with no sign of needing new ones. The videos are really clear and add to my learning as I can see someone do the technique. Recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve there technique. Any climber can improve with this book. No matter how good you are.
Very well written by a clearly knowledgeable and experienced climber with excellent pictures and diagrams. The QR codes that link to videos are also really useful and help illustrate techniques that are harder to visualise. As someone who is a new climber and bought this book after my first session, I have seen definite improvement in subsequent sessions.