Publishing this January: Crack Climbing
- Friday 3 January 2020
While there might not be many experts in Pete Whittaker's line of work, if the number of pre-orders we've received for his guide to crack climbing is anything to go by, climbing cracks is about to become exponentially popular. As one of the world's top crack climbers, having made dozens of pioneering first ascents, including Century Crack in Canyonlands, Utah, Pete wrote the book so that the growing community of climbers wanting to learn more about the techniques involved have access to his wealth of knowledge.
Crack Climbing is written for those with an existing understanding of climbing performance, starting from the basics such as the hand jam to advanced techniques including the sidewinder and the trout tickler.
The free download below covers Pete's top five rules of crack climbing:
1. Fill the space efficiently: insert as much of the body part into the crack before executing the jam.
2. Your body is a jamming device: your body has lots of different sizes and shapes and ways of moving and expanding. Use these body ‘tools’ to jam, twist, rotate and expand to make the jam stick.
3. Keep everything in line with the crack: imagine climbing a crack like you would climb a ladder.
4. Structure not strength: you should be hanging from joints, ligaments and bone. You should lock your body into the rock, not hold your body on to the rock.
5. More contact equals a better jam: by using the profile of the rock and your body, in unison, you will maximise contact area with the rock, and have more friction and therefore a better jam.