The Touchstone Rope Series comp is coming up soon. That means lots of new routes, great food, beer, prizes, and tons of fun at all seven of the Touchstone gyms. Comp climbing can be a challenge. Hereâ€™s a few tips to help you climb better.
One of the best ways to perform well at a comp is to warm up and build a solid base for your score. If you redpoint 5.11a, then start your gym session by doing a couple 5.10as, then move onto a couple of harder 5.10s. Youâ€™ll be warmed up for the harder climbing and youâ€™ll already have your scorecard filled. All your effort wonâ€™t be spent on just one route, which you may or may not do.
British climbing guru Dave Macleod wrote a bit about onsight climbing, which is another excellent skill to have when climbing at the comps. â€śDonâ€™t get too built up - Often, getting excited about an onsight youâ€™ve been looking forward to for ages can pile on a lot of unnecessary pressure.â€ť The same goes for climbing at comp. Be prepared to have fun first and foremost.
Stay relaxed when youâ€™re climbing hard. Everyone tends to tense up and forget to actually breathe before a difficult climb. Holding your breathe is a subconscious habit for many people. Focus on breathing before you enter a crux section. Exhale sharply when you perform hard moves, it can great help with latching that critical hold. Think about slowing your heart rate down. A calm heart means youâ€™re more able to think through the next difficult climbing section. Scan the wall in circles. Moving your eyes all around helps see hidden foot or handholds. Too often climbers get tunnel vision when theyâ€™re scared or pumped. Moving your eyes in arcs helps you find the best series of holds.
Most importantly, get amped for the upcoming Touchstone Rope Series comps! Theyâ€™re gonna be awesome!
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The dates for the Touchstone Rope Series 6 are:
March 16th: GWPCApril 13th: PipeworksMay 5th: MetalMarkJune 8th: The Studio July 13th: Berkeley IronworksAugust 10th: DRGSeptember 15th: Mission Cliffs
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