I need to work on my rock-climbing technique (Way too much stress on my fingers/forearms)

Had a fun time at rock (wall) climbing this evening. It was my first time. I didn't do spectacularly well; didn't make it all the way up even one 5.6 level run despite spending 30 or 40 minutes halfway up the one run trying to get past the point that seemed to require using one's hands to do the pulling in a way that my hands just wouldn't accept.

Simon tells me that I shouldn't be putting anywhere near as much weight on my hands as I am. My poor, abused hands seem to agree. I'll need to spend some time working on technique so that I'm just using the hands to hold me against the wall and the legs are doing the bulk of the lifting. Anyway, a fun evening.


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