How to Step Through – Climbing Technique 101

The Step Through is a basic, yet crucial footwork technique that every climber should practice in order to make smooth transitions between footholds. Despite its simplicity, the Step Through can be a vital component when combined with other climbing techniques.

By mastering this move, climbers can elevate their climbing performance and make fluid, controlled movements on the wall or rock face.

📚 This article is part of a wider guide: Climbing Technique 101

What is step through and when is it used?

The Step Through is a basic climbing technique used when the climber needs to move from one foothold to another. It involves extending the leg in the direction of the target hold and shifting the body weight onto a supporting foot while the other leg is pulled through, hence the name Step Through.

This fundamental climbing move allows a smooth transition from one foothold to another without having to perform a foot swap. Resulting in a more efficient way to climb as you eliminate a move. Furthermore, the step-through is commonly used in conjunction with other moves such as the Back Step.

While climbing using a Back Step technique (which offers a more efficient way of climbing), the climber will have to perform a step-through wherever possible to transition between footholds.

how to perform a step through

Here’s how you can perform the step through:

Identify the target foothold and continue by stepping through your support leg to land your foot securely on this hold.

practicing the step through

The Step-Through and Back Step offer a very efficient way of climbing when used in combination. These moves should be practiced on easy problems during your warmup routine when training indoors. By practicing these moves regularly, your muscle memory will kick in and you will be well on your way to climbing more efficiently.

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