In a few short weeks, the summer solstice will be here soon. The days are longer than ever. It's a great time to head out and climb those long trad routes in the Sierra, in Yosemite, in the Needles, and across California. All of the aforementioned areas require a solid base of traditional climbing experience, that means being able to build solid anchors, place safe gear, and knowing how to navigate seas of granite. Learning the skills necessary to climb in this places takes a lot of instruction, experience, and dedication. To help you get started with some basic ideas about traditional climbing gear placements, there are some great instructional videos.
This video is a great introduction, but nothing beats hands on lessons from a knowledgeable climber. Hiring a guide is well worth the price. It will jumps tart your trad climbing. Stay on the look out for some of the great clinics that the Touchstone gyms have to offer as well. Many of the clinics will teach you the fundamentals and the advanced techniques necessary to climb long trad routes.
Tags: trad climbing instruction, rock climbing videos
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