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Gripped - - BACK TO BASICS -

Climb with a re­laxed grip Many climbers have a ten­dency to death grip the han­dle of their ice tools while climb­ing. For the most part this is com­pletely un­nec­es­sary and only makes you pump out faster. When climb­ing with a re­laxed grip, your thumb should not be gripped onto the han­dle, rather it should just be wrapped loosely, ready to tighten in the mo­ments that ex­tra grip is re­quired. Your pinky fin­gers should be tak­ing most of the weight. Think pinky locks when crack climb­ing.

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