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snowhazed

Trad climber
Oaksterdam, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 29, 2014 - 02:36pm PT
So how do you hard men and women keep your feet in shape- for the long trudging and also for standing on itty bitty knobs for hours at a time.

The physical crux of Heart of Stone was my feet- they were pumping out well before my forearms even on the tips layback pitch. Nothing like not being able to milk a huge stem rest...

I think I need a little hammer to smack my toes a lot while I'm city bound, and perhaps walk around on my tippy toes all day? There has to be a better way to keep my feet ready.....
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Aug 29, 2014 - 02:37pm PT
Ballet
knucko

climber
Aug 29, 2014 - 03:04pm PT
Stand Up paddleboarding is great exercise for your feet and ankles. The millions of micro adjustments that your feet are making for balance is not really noticeable until the next day!!

My feet are really stiff the day after a long paddle. And not just your feet but many of the climbing specific muscles get worked while paddling.

Other than that I spend a lot of time walking barefoot and I think that helps a lot too.





knucko

climber
Aug 29, 2014 - 03:06pm PT
Good luck. So far all your feedback has come from a Nut, a Sketch, and a Knucko!!

skitch

climber
East of Heaven
Aug 29, 2014 - 03:33pm PT
I choose to skip every where I go.

http://www.fitnessexercise101.com/what-are-the-benefits-of-skipping/
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Aug 29, 2014 - 03:37pm PT
Five fingers for running/hiking. Sandals for everything else! Your feet will be strong!

I climb almost everything in mythos, tc pros, Gandas, or miuras. Foot strength has never been an issue!
John Duffield

Mountain climber
New York
Aug 29, 2014 - 03:38pm PT
Running, around 30 miles a week, is doing it for me.
Matt's

climber
Aug 29, 2014 - 03:39pm PT
wear slippers in the gym
wear stiff shoes (tc pros) for knob climbing
The user formerly known as stzzo

climber
Sneaking up behind you
Aug 29, 2014 - 03:56pm PT
The physical crux of Heart of Stone was my feet- they were pumping out well before my forearms even on the tips layback pitch. Nothing like not being able to milk a huge stem rest...

Feet? Or calves?
snowhazed

Trad climber
Oaksterdam, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 29, 2014 - 04:02pm PT
I pretty much never wear shoes- sandals, five fingers only. A few years ago that challenged my feet, but now they are in shape for that. Wasn't enough for HOS! :) I wear tc pros for climbing. My ankles are plenty strong. I would love to just climb thin slab and knobs all day but alas my life is not in that phase currently. I want to simulate the sustained applied pressure on the toes anchoring into the arch of the foot.

SUP huh? now we're talking- activities which fully fatigue the foot.

The hammer idea is just for the finger cracks....

snowhazed

Trad climber
Oaksterdam, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 29, 2014 - 04:04pm PT
Calves were fine, my arches were literally pumping out, kind of cramping but not just cramping.

A more extended warmup, pre climb foot massage may be in order
The user formerly known as stzzo

climber
Sneaking up behind you
Aug 29, 2014 - 04:14pm PT
Well, I would hardly call myself a hardman...

But FWIW, I find climbing the stemmy corner routes in the gym to be good for strengthening feet and calves.
Sioux Juan

Big Wall climber
Costa mesa
Aug 29, 2014 - 04:25pm PT
walk around on your toes............in short time IT WILL PUMP YOU UP
snowhazed

Trad climber
Oaksterdam, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 29, 2014 - 04:26pm PT
hmm- i guess nutjobagain has it right- im enrolling in ballet!
thebravecowboy

climber
strugglin' to make time to climb
Sep 1, 2014 - 01:13pm PT
Credit: thebravecowboy
Tiptoe through the tulips, repeatedly.
perswig

climber
Sep 1, 2014 - 02:48pm PT
Weird, I've been fishing much more than climbing this summer, and time spent (bare feet mostly) standing in a small skiff on lake chop or poling a canoe upstream through small rips has left me foot- and calf-sore in a good-for-climbing way. My shoulders and back are getting worked pretty well, too.

If that or SUP is not your thing, consider a Bongo board and/or a Fitter balance board; arch, ankle, calf strengthening. I used to use the balance board to transition back to rock after an ice season of full-shank boots.


Dale


(forgetful edit: first iteration of my balance board was plywood disc screwed to a left-over colander, minus the footpegs. worked just fine.)
OjaiLooch

Trad climber
Ojai, CA
Sep 1, 2014 - 03:31pm PT
"Running, around 30 miles a week, is doing it for me."

A dedicated, cyclic trail running program has made my feet their strongest ever. I peak at 35 miles for about three weeks, then ratchet down. Currently doing just over 20 (had to bring it low since I'm riding my bike up the hill to climb almost every day right now).
Can be dangerous though. Really learn about foot strike and body mechanics, or risk injury and defeating the whole purpose.

Minimalist footwear is key if you are focused on foot strength. Five Fingers can be good, but Id rather be plain barefoot than look like 'Hippy The Toad Man". The New Balance Minumus series is featherweight, I take them on all kinds of trail. I've probably been through half a dozen pairs.
Michelle

Social climber
1187 Hunterwasser
Sep 2, 2014 - 06:57pm PT
Where's that Prancercise link?
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Sep 2, 2014 - 07:05pm PT
Okay, after all this new info, I'm going to suggest it has to
Do with your technique.....

In a related topic, Blitzo and I ran mt Peale in five fingers today.
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