Moving in balance
Those of you have been with me either on a climbing course, or a scrambling course, will recognize this one. Even if you’ve heard it before, make a conscious effort to keep it mind when you are scrambling or climbing yourselves.
- The key to efficient and safe movement, on the ground or on rocks, is balance.
- To be in balance our centre of gravity needs to be inside our base of support. When standing in a relaxed, normal position, with feet shoulder-width apart the base of support is an oval shape around the two feet.
- When standing on one foot, the base of support is now a very small oval just around that one foot.
- The quick and easy way to remember how to check whether you are in a balanced position is this – make sure your nose is over your toes.