How to Heel Hook Correctly – Technique Tips for Climbing
Everyone with useful beta and better technique than me: Lauren, just heel hook.
Me: Nope. No thanks, I’d rather inefficiently stab my toe into the wall with my knee in my face instead.
It’s been a hard fought battle with my peers, but I have finally conceded: heel hooks are extremely useful, especially if done correctly. For this Technique Tip Tuesday, let’s take a second to watch this shaggy man with a fun accent tell us how to do it right!
The difference between active and passive heel hooks is something I had never considered before, but I am very happy to have learned. Here is another video that underscores the effectiveness of actively heel hooking with some more XTREME examples (also some super rad tunes in the background.)
Here’s my buddy being really dramatic about the SICK actively engaged heel hook he’s about to pull off:
Do you like heel hooks? Do you hate them? Are you a convert like me?! Comment or shoot me an email and let me know. I’d love to chat.
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