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William Helmer

Black Forest gneiss! Here, 7 years ago on a first ascent near Freiburg, Germany. This one shows a "FLAG" move. A flag means that you extremely point one of your legs into one direction while your "flagged" foot is dangling with no foothold. There are two main benefits related to the flag that help you to smoothly reach the top:1. Extended reach! Pointing your right leg to the left will automatically extend your right arm's reach (see pic) or vice versa pointing your left leg to the right extends your left arm's reach.2. Avoid "barn dooring"/ adjust weight balance. A "barn door" pulls you off the wall due to an imbalance - often it is the weight of your leg that needs to be "flagged" so it cannot pull you away from the wall!Most situations require an "outside" flag where your "flagged" leg is either underneath your other leg or behind.A more advanced variation of the flag is the "inside" flag which means that your "flagged" leg crosses through your other leg. This move brings your foot and toes very close to the wall which eventually allows you to push them against the wall which again increases your reach!Show your flag! And see you out on the rocks.

Happy customers

Highly recommend Fabi! He is super organized, friendly and safe. He was on time, prepared with everything we needed, fully explained everything we needed to know and made sure we felt safe during every step. He’s super encouraging and really knows what he is doing!
Anna T.
What an amazing experience! We took the beginners class, and so happy we did, Fabi was very knowledgeable, breaking instructions down step by step making it easier and fun to learn! After learning all the important safety steps we got to climbing right away, with fabi right there giving us pointers on the best route to take. I left class feeling more confident in my abilities to climb. Fabi has such a chill, friendly, and encouraging way of teaching, it felt like we were learning with a friend. I highly reccomend. Thank you for sharing your knowledge Fabi!
Kailyn F.
Had such an incredible time doing my first trad rock climbing multi pitch! Coach Jakob was extremely professional and taught my friend and I so much. We went up over 2,000 feet and got to the top of a stunning mountain in Idyllwild. He was informative and we felt completely safe the entire time. It was a fun and beautiful adventure. We would highly recommend Jakob and Chillino Rock Climbing Group for your upcoming adventures!
Valerie H.
My partner and I just finished an intro climbing class with Chillino and it was fantastic! Our guide was Fabi and he was knowledgeable, friendly, encouraging and always put safety first. A great introduction to outdoor climbing with an emphasis on learning basics the right way and having fun, whatever your skill level. We started with an overview of equipment, a short hike in Mission Hills and a thorough training on using the equipment. We had the chance to do several lines at our own pace. All were a good challenge! Overall, a great class and highly recommend :)
Grace M.
Absolutely incredible experience! I hardly have any experience as a climber and Fabian did a great job at showing me the basics and making sure I knew how to safely and adequately climb. There was plenty of time for me to get my hands dirty and the location was beautiful! The team that came along was very positive and encouraging! Would definitely recommend Fabian's climbing options!
Tiffany C.