PG Climbing Basics Series Episode 5: Heel Hooks & Toe Hooks with Kenn & Brandon from Planet Granite on Vimeo.



Welcome to week 5 of our 8 week Climbing Basics Series: the essential techniques that help build a solid foundation in climbing.

These videos are a great review for both experienced climbers and new ones!  We hope you enjoy them!  Bookmark this page so you can reference these videos later!   And don’t worry, our regular video series featuring Crux of the Week will be back in March!

Episode 5: Heel Hooks and Toe Hooks

This week, Kenn and Brandon get us the low down on two of the most useful techniques in climbing: heel hooks and toe hooks. Heel hooks are great for taking weight off your arms while climbing on steep terrain. They create great rest positions, but also allow you to increase your reach efficiently. Utilizing heel hooks on terrain where there are not any feet beneath you maximize your efficiency. Toe hooks, similar to heel hooks can help to create a resting position. These rest positions are not as efficient as heel hooks, as they require a lot of body tension. Toe hooks are best utilized to maintain a stable body position, taking weight off your arms.

Each week we’ll also provide a drill to help you hone your newly learned skill.

DRILL: Practice makes Perfect!

You will often find toe hooks and heel hooks in surprising places. To perfect these practices, walk around the bouldering area and look for problems where these techniques are required. When placing your heel hook work on placing your heel on the best part of the hold, as accurately as possible. Engaging your hamstring and calf mindfully, finding the best position for you and keeping that heel planted! When practicing toe hooks, work on placing your foot carefully with as much surface contact as possible. Engage your quad, shin and ankle. Play around with the amount of body tension required to hold this position! Remember, have fun!