How to Scale a Wall

Scaling walls dates back to time of Moses, and maybe further. Recently Parkour or Free Running has improved this technique. Here's one of the best guides out there to scale that wall.

Steps

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    First eye the spot on which to place your foot on the wall, waist height is good.
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    Get a fair amount of distance away from your wall. What you feel is necessary, but try to be as close as possible--enough so you can gather speed and momentum to run up the wall.
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    Start running moderately fast, increase speed as your getting close to the wall.
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    Jump and put the ball of your comfortable foot on the wall where you eyed it, and at the same time thrust your other leg up hard; in a bike riding way to gain up momentum.
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    Swing your arms and shoulders up to get more up momentum while pushing up.
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    Reach, and reach good, as high as you can up and grab an edge.
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    Pull yourself up and keep pulling up like on a rock climbing wall, or if possible, simply grab the top and pull yourself up. Remember to get your leg up and then you're good.
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    Continue on your adventure.

Tips

  • Don't jump forward, but rather up and forward.
  • Use shoes with a large amount of traction for increased likelihood of success!
  • Remember to swing your arms.
  • Plant your foot as high as you can on the wall, waist height or higher.
  • Reach! Reach high. The reach is the biggest part of success.

Warnings

  • Barbed Wire hurts
  • You may fall.
  • Climbing private walls can be trespassing in some places and you may be fined or caught and punished by law
  • Look over the other edge before dropping down, there may be objects and bad footing, or a larger drop than climb
  • Loose bricks in the wall can mean a nasty slip
  • Some walls have jagged tops (made of glass) to stop people climbing over

Article Info

Categories: Climbing