vteCrack climbing is a type of rock climbing in which the climber follows a crack in the rock and uses specialized climbing techniques. The sizes of cracks vary from those that are just barely wide enough for the fingers to fit inside, to those that are so wide that the entire body can fit inside with all limbs outstretched. Many traditional climbing routes follow crack systems, as they provide natural opportunities for placing protective equipment. Contents1 Widths2 History3 Technique4 Equipment5 Grading6 ReferencesWidths [ edit ]In the context of climbing, cracks are classified by their width in relation to the climbers body: finger, off-finger, hand, off-width, and chimneys. Finger cracks are just wide enough for all or part of the finger to fit inside; this width incorporates techniques used in face climbing and tends to favor climbers with small hands. [1]:p. 46,[2]:p. 35Off-finger cracks, also called off-hand, are wider than finger cracks, but not large enough for the entire...
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