Training for anything takes work, dedication, and a willingness to suffer. I’ve learned a lot about training over the past year and some, and thanks to a couple of big influences, my climbing has improved leaps and bounds. This page is dedicated to my training, what it looks like, the success and failure, the gains and set backs, and whatever else in the world of training.
Off-Belay created the IceHoldz™ product as a means to give ice climbers the ability to train year round. If you can mount indoor rock holds on a wall, then why not come up with a material similar to ice, and mount it on the wall. The best part is that IceHoldz™ require no refrigeration. IceHoldz™ are made from a composite plastic material and include a glacier blue backing which absorbs the shock allowing your ice axe to penetrate approximately 1/4 inch – just like real water ice!
I’ve mounted IceHoldz in my climbing gym and by having them there, being able to swing my tools into them, it allows for a complete training regime. IceHoldz have certainly enabled my training to be more specific, in turn making me a stronger mixed/ice climber.
I’m always looking for ways to train more specifically for certain aspects of my climbing–whether for competition, certain routes, etc. In 2009, Will Gadd created the “Plice” (plywood ice). In 2010, he morphed the plice into the “Splice” – Steep plywood ice. I basically built the same thing – more like a wooden ladder built with 2×6, dangling from a tree at 30 degrees (in my backyard). This “structure” enabled me to train power endurance by doing lap after lap, locking off, skipping rungs, campusing, and so on. After building this apparatus I had a vision on how to train Figure 4’s and Figure 9’s. In the video above you can see how i strung logs across my back yard. This apparatus ended up serving its purpose and more. The idea behind it was to train movement whilst exerting power. Just hanging from your arms (when they’re straight) helps with endurance…but it doesn’t train power much. So, i strung the logs on angles, thus every time you would move out of a figure 4 or 9, you were always pulling up, or letting down (from a lock off position-reverse), creating power endurance. Both of these apparatuses played a huge role in my training for mixed climbing. My goals involved certain routes that required a lot of endurance as well as power, and competing at the world cups of mixed climbing, which required again, a lot of endurance and power.
I’ll have more on my training on here soon. Stay tuned.