Embracing Roof Town
When it comes to developing the strength needed for challenging cracks, training directly on splitter jams can be an arduous and painful journey. However, the key to overcoming difficult cracks lies not only in mastering jam finesse but also in building upper body campus strength, since very little weight is held by your feet on steep splitters. In preparation for trying a few 5.14 cracks in the coming year, I dedicated June to outside training on powerful boulder problems.
Video edit with my favorite problems
Foot jams and finger locks on End to End while Ira cheers me on
The infamous pinch throw on The Receptionist
Burl underclings on the no-kneepad version of Cosmic Tricycle, later the same day
It was a blast to trade in my stiff katana edging shoes for a month of no-edge minimal shoes. Embracing the Mantras, which feel more like a rubber sock, I find the foot torquing and pulling of pocketed roofs to be very crack-like. The traverse problem, End to End, even features technical foot jams while shuffling across small handholds. I do believe my foot and toe strength has leveled up a bit!