Rock Climbing Technique: The Practical Guide to Movement Mastery

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John Kettle, 2018 - Sports & Recreation - 140 pages

If you have ever wanted to move effortlessly and get the most from your hard-won climbing fitness, this is the guide you've been waiting for.

Getting better at rock climbing doesn't have to be about strength, endurance, flexibility or hours spent on repetitive training. It doesn't need to be a balancing act between losing fitness and getting injured overtraining. Climbing is fundamentally a skill-based sport, and this guide will change the way you look at moving on rock.

Whatever your ability, learning to master smooth, relaxed and powerful movement means maximising your enjoyment and performance of the sport. This is the definitive practical guide to improving your rock climbing technique, and making you a more efficient climber. Fully illustrated with over 35 skills exercises supported by online videos, this book allows you to plan out your path to excellent technique with drills and exercises suited to all levels of ability.

Written by the UK's leading climbing movement specialist, it's packed with the knowledge and expertise gained over two decades as a professional climbing coach. Essential reading for all climbers from intermediate to elite in sport climbing, bouldering and traditional climbing.

About the author (2018)

John Kettle is a passionate rock climber and professional coach based in the Lake District of Northern England. He has been climbing for over 20 years, including first ascents of traditional climbs, mixed winter routes and numerous boulder problems. He has coached climbers of all abilities for more than 15 years in traditional and sport climbing and bouldering, and continues to help individuals improve their performance and enjoyment of climbing in all its forms. He is involved in the delivery and development of UK coaching qualifications and regularly provides seminars, workshops and courses for climbing coaches. Details of Johns work can be found at

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