The Supreme Master Checkout
Climbing Self-Assessment Project

Research based on corelation of abilities to climbing grade

Insight

Have you ever asked yourself one of these questions?:

  • What do I need to send harder routes?
  • What are my weaknesses and what I should practice to improve?
  • Do I really need to do the front lever to get to sent harder routes?
  • What is the most essential body part to train beside of the fingers strength?

Me a lot! That is why this project has been launched. I believe that through comparison of my physical abilities with physical abilities of large number of climbers it might be possible to answers these questions. The survey will help check that out and probably estimate what needs an improvement.

Through such approach we probably can better and more accurately set, plan and reach our goals. Such tool might significantly help climbers find their place inside the planned training.

Description

My name is Lukasz Strzalkowski and I train sport climbing since 2016. Yeah, not too much. And guess what. I want to send harder routes! Wow, extraordinary. So to get that this is my research project to find out the correlation of measurable human abilities to climbing skills represented by the grade of successful ascends. 

Following this idea I want to find out if it is possible to check out if my current abilities allows me to climb harder routes than currently ascended. If in most tests I will get answer ‘yes’ than that is kind of a signal that I should improve my technique. Elsewise getting rid of my weaknesses should help me be a better climber.

Defining the strengths and weaknesses of the climbing technique is extremely difficult due to large number and variety of skills engaged like mindful climbing, movement patterns, precision, and many many more, and some of them are different for each rock formation or type or its friction.

To achieve the above goal tests should meet several requirements:

  • reliability - be carried out in similar conditions with the assistance of another person, so that the measurements are as reliable as possible
  • popularity - a large number of data will allow analysis of the athlete’s situation of each climber
  • availability - free for all
  • affordability - easy to do at home and without specialized equipment
  • without limitations - for all climbing levels

So in my opinion the result of such approach should let draw some conclusions on how to improve climbing skills basing on comparison to other climbers in particular sections. This project should help find out if such thinking is not out in space. You can call it “crowdresearching”.

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