The one about clearing my FB backlog…

Just a couple of sites i have been saving on FB for the longest time but never got around to sharing them. Great for teaching resources.

  1. https://www.climbing.com/skills/learn-this-how-to-use-directionals/ 
    A very useful article on using re-directions when we teach Level 2. I think this is one thing that is hard to recreate at the gyms because most of the routes simply go straight up and there’s very little chance for a redirection. So the climbers don’t really see the use of learning this. And rem, when you dun use it, you lose it. So sometimes i have to deliberately build in this practice by getting them to climb diagonally so that they will have a chance to practice considering the direction of their quickdraws.
  2. https://headrushtech.com/magnetic-braking/ 
    You know those autobelays you see emerging at climbing gyms. Ever wondered how they work? Here’s a good article about magnetic braking which some of the devices make use of. Good to know so that you will understand the limitations of the device.
  3. https://www.ukclimbing.com/gear/review.php?id=9402 
    ABD’s are all the rage now. Here’s a good review on the different devices so that you can further advise your L2 climbers when they ask you which device is more suitable for them. I always tell them to get something that they feel comfortable and familiar with rather than the cheapest one on sale…
  4. https://www.climbing.com/skills/learn-this-advanced-rock-climbing-rescue-techniques/
    This is more for those teaching Level 3. More different techniques you can consider to add to your arsenal of tricks. Can be a bit complicated but if you break it down and consider the intent of each step, it becomes easier to commit to your memory.
  5. http://upskillclimbing.blogspot.sg/2009/02/how-to-bolt-rock-climbs-and-how-not-to.html
    Bolting. For the one or two curious climbers who want to know more about how climbers actually bolt routes on natural rocks. Good to know because it’s a fascinating topic for new climbers especially for those who don’t get outdoors much.

So there you go, some resources i hope you will find useful in your classes.