Learning to climb

There are two aspects to leading. The first is climbing. Make a habit of falling off grade 10 terrain, and you will hit ledges and break your ankles. If you climb in gyms, then better climbing means better footwork. To get that, add some drills to your warm up routine, such as silent feet, hands below shoulders, and one-handed climbing. You'll find instructions for those drills in The Self-Coached Climber.

The second aspect is anchors. At first, that means paying attention to the pieces you place on each lead, and making them more like the ones in textbook photos each time. The classic textbook is Climbing Anchors.

That might be a bit complicated for a first read. Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills keeps it simple. The club library has some old editions of this. You'll need to select which parts to read, because it covers a lot more than rock climbing.

Once the pieces are second nature, the next thing is to put them together. Espresso Lessons: [From the Rock Warrior's Way] demystifies lead head, and leaves you with short, memorable checklists:

For the big picture, here's the classic evidence-based safety advice, from the long-term chief of YOSAR: http://dev.supertopo.com/topos/yosemite/stayalive.pdf

This was originally posted on the Oxo Club Rooms fb group. Thanks Rodney for writing this up.