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Breaking Beta | The Science of Climbing

Plug Tone Audio | Power Company Climbing

Kris Hampton and Paul Corsaro from Power Company Climbing and Crux Conditioning discuss the research and studies that may or may not be applicable to the climbing world.


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4.4 out of 5 stars from 27 ratings
  • Disappointed Scientist and Climber

    This is my trade and I’ve read quite a few papers on geology and climate science in my field. Have to say that this is one of the most subjective interpretations of objective data I’ve listened too. Let’s go back to making fact-based and rational claims about the results conducted in these studies. No, science is not absolute but it is meant to zero in on objective truth and interpreting it in this way leaves nothing tangible, practical or of value to be able to help climbers. It can just be “wh... more

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    United Statesa year ago
  • Thumbs up to your approach!

    Have listened to the first three episodes. Love the mindful approach and banter. Thanks fellas! Off for along stretch into a nap for my power nap proj. Stretching certainly increases my progress there 💪

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 years ago
  • Eunice1961

    First timer. Excellent breakdown. Science is not absolute, gotta use the grey matter.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 years ago
  • Best! Climbing! Podcast!

    Best! Climbing! Podcast!

    Apple Podcasts
    Switzerland2 years ago
  • Good with some issues

    I’m a big climber and scientist so this show is right up my alley. Love listening to the guys discuss studies that I wasn’t even aware of about a sport I love. They have a good report and don’t leave much dead air. more

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 years ago

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