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By Ben Mahaffey
Oct 22, 2012
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I am looking for advise regarding a tool to use for winter training. I will be living in an area were gym access is very limited and would prefer to build something in the house. I have used campus boards in the past but currently do not have the ceiling height to accommodate one. I have thought about a hang board but have a feeling that it would not keep my interest. I am currently looking into HIT strips, any one have opinions on using these as a portion of a winter training regimen?

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By koreo
From Denver, CO
Oct 23, 2012
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Hangboarding won't keep your interest. At least it doesn't hold mine. But, I do it anyway because it works. I heard the HIT strips work well, but I can't speak for myself because I can't afford the damn things, nor do I have the space to properly install and use them. I'm not sure how much of a response you're gonna get on this thread due to a LOT of previous responses to similar threads in the training forum.

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By Javier L
From Asheville, NC
Oct 23, 2012
Bermuda, DWS
I use it. It's rough on your fingers but I think hangboard training is most painful. Also, it's only slightly less boring than hangboard training. Look in the "home woody" thread for instructions on how to put a removable HIT wall under your doorway.

I think some people will suggest that HIT strips aren't your best bet because you are already well into the realm of 5.12. I'm not as strong as you so I can't say. It helped me get from V4 to sending my first V6. I also sent my first 12a after I trained on it in phases for 4-5 months. Considering your climbing level you may want to have it as overhung as possible, I think 55 degrees is the hardest angle suggested. Also, don't hesitate to contact Eric Horst. He replies in a timely manner.

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By Ben Mahaffey
Oct 24, 2012
generic crack
Thanks for all the input thus far. I will be living in a rental place with an unheated garage in the Wisconsin winter so as cool as the Moon board idea is I think that it is out, it is also a bit more costly that I would like. Currently my climbing level is not what I have listed, probably more likely in the 11+ range. I have seen some posts where people have made the HIT strip wall adjustable so as I progress with it i can increase the difficulty as well. If anyone has more advise I would love to hear it, thanks so far.

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By SteveZ
From Denver, CO
Oct 26, 2012
Lion King with the pup.
Hambone, getting on the training...um...train. I love it! Hangboarding will get you strong as hell and it only takes an hour or so. It's where all my "magic" (flailing) happens. The crux is the boredom though for sure. You should probably organize some sort of trip for the end of the training cycle as motivation; Colorado perhaps ;). Where are you bunking down for the winter?

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By CorbinW
Nov 22, 2012
Hang-boards work great if you can work past the boredom of them, my best advice is make games out of your training program whether it be switching holds 20 times or just hanging on one hold for a set amount of time and trying beat your last record. you can also hang a draw above the board and try and clip as many times as you can before failure.

Just have fun with your training program!

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