Ok, so bit late with posting this, however attended the first of 3 sessions for Fundamental Skills and Techniques for Climbing at City Summit last Wednesday (7/2/18). Had a couple of really good instructors, Borg and Carmen. The session was only two hours long, however some really good info was gained.
There were 5 of us in total, everyone had a friend or partner, so I was the fifth wheel. As I don't have any climbing partners at the moment I guess I will have to get use to that :-)
Climbed the first wall of the night - a kids / beginners wall. Got to the top, however there was much huffing, puffing, sweating and what is called brute strength, except in my case lacking the strength. By the time I got down, i was sweating like I just ran a marathon, my forearms felt like footballs (although still didn't look them) and were extremely painful. I thought, shit, how am I going to climb any more tonight.
Anyway, both Borg and Carmen then went through proper climbing techniques, using legs, pivoting from side to side and using less arm strength. Also found out how important shoe sizing is. I originally had size 10 climbing shoes, however as Borg pointed out these were too big and were rolling on the climbs. Changed them out for a size 9 and very quickly discovered a little of what a ballerinas feet go through. Needless to say, they came off each time there was a break in climbing. Apparently this is not uncommon and some climbers are known to take shoes off between climbs.
So, after learning the proper technique, I reluctantly started another climb. What a difference. Up and down the wall without any issues, no pain, huffing or puffing and no face that looks like an untreated inflamed hemorrhoid.
Back again tonight for the second session. Will try and get some pictures and more valuable information.
Looking forward to Rigging / Abseiling course this weekend :-)