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Tom Randall working the immense Century Crack, beneath the White Rim in Utah's Canyonlands, USA.
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How to climb cracks

08.06.2012 by Planetmountain

The first three short videos to learn the art of climbing cracks, a useful tutorial which examines everything from finger cracks to how to tape up

How do you climb cracks properly? What are the right techniques to lock your fingers in a crack, to jam your fist or perhaps even your body when grappling against fearsome offwidths which, as the name suggests, are those enormous larger-than-life cracks that exceed all traditional pro?

There are no two ways about it: climbing cracks is something both brutal and at the same time extremely delicate... So who better than Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker to teach us a thing or two about this art of body wedging? After having learnt the tricks of the trade on England's cracks, these two climbers set off to the US last year where they repeated some of the hardest crack climbs in the country, before famously establishing Century Crack, possibly the hardest crack climb in the world.

There are 6 episodes in total, from thin finger cracks to how to tape up and protect your hands. We're presenting the first three, the rest will follow shortly.

How to climb cracks #2

#1:
Episode 1 - Finger cracks
Episode 2 - Hand cracks
Episode 3 - Fist cracks

#2:
Episode 4 - Offwidths
Episode 5 - Gear and gear placements
Episode 6 - Taping

Episode 1 - Finger cracks


Episode 2 - Hand cracks


Episode 3 - Fist cracks

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