NINA WILLIAMS, host: The indoor climbing wall is a great place to practice your moves indoors.
It’s not a great way to practice for outdoor climbing.
But indoor climbing can be a great time for a beginner.
I’ve seen it work for some people.
You start off with a little bit of chalk and you’re learning the basics of how to move around in the wall.
But you’ll be learning a lot of skills in the long run.
It can also be a good time for someone with climbing issues, who’s not feeling great.
So, I’m going to tell you how to do it.
I want you to have a little piece of chalk in your hand and start playing around.
You might have a big piece of rope or you might have an elastic cord and you might not have a rope at all.
Let’s start with a basic exercise.
The first thing to do is just take a piece of cardboard and start putting it under your hand.
Then you can slide your finger under and slide your hand down and start practicing your hands.
This is called “rolling,” which is a movement that you do in your hands where you’re going up and down the side of the wall and back down again.
If you start by doing this exercise you’re doing a little trick.
I’m not saying you’re trying to make a wall, but you’re just learning the basic moves of climbing.
You’re also learning to be more efficient, more safe and less likely to fall.
So let’s try it out.
You can go ahead and practice these moves indoors in your living room, too.
NINA WILLIAMS: You can slide up to the top of the topmost layer of your wall and slide down again, or you can do a little exercise like this.
Let me show you a little more of the basics.
Here’s a little clip from an indoor climbing show called Climbing in the House.
It was sponsored by the Outdoor Center, a company that specializes in indoor climbing equipment.
It started out with this guy who had a giant climbing wall and this guy was going to start climbing in the house.
But when the wall came down, this guy fell through the top.
He couldn’t climb back up.
NANCY GILLIGAN: He’s climbing up the wall, and he just fell through and he’s climbing the next day.
It looked like he just jumped off.
NANA WILLIAMES: He fell through.
So he had no rope, and his finger went into the wall because he was just going up.
So it was the first time that a person had ever fallen through a wall and never been able to climb back.
It didn’t even feel like it was going anywhere, and they had to put him in a box.
So the next time they put him back in, he was fine.
NANNY GALLIGAN, Outdoor Center: It’s always good to try something new.
I always say that.
NANNY WILLIAS: So, the next step is to put the chalk under your finger.
Now, you can just slide your thumb down.
You don’t have to put it under the hand.
Now it’s just a little ball.
So you’re not really doing anything new, you’re only trying to practice.
Now you’re getting your finger in the air, which is great, because the ball is really just a small piece of the rope.
But now you can go a little further and slide a finger underneath.
You want to make sure that you’re using the proper rope.
Now slide your index finger under.
You could just slide up the finger and slide up your thumb, but I’m gonna use this clip of my finger sliding under to show you how.
Now my thumb is really getting in and I’m really making a fist.
It doesn’t feel very good, but the finger is going into the space.
So now I want to just slide it over to the left side of my thumb and I want it to go all the way up.
Now I want my index finger to come up on top of it.
Now the finger just went into a groove, which means that it’s actually going to be on the right side of that groove.
So my thumb has just got to go in that groove and my finger just has to go down.
Now we’re getting down to the other side of this groove.
And so I’m just trying to slide this finger down over to that left side, because I’m trying to keep the finger as close to the wall as possible.
And it’s going down all the time.
It makes a big difference.
NANSHA TUTTLE: Now, what I’m doing here is I’m sliding the finger underneath, just so that I can get it up into the groove, and then I’m keeping the finger on the edge of the groove. NILLY