Definition of undercling in English:

undercling

noun

Climbing
  • A handhold facing down the rock face, gripped with the palm of the hand upwards.

    • ‘About 2.5 feet below and 8 inches to the left of the undercling is a good positive tiny foothold which is hard to see if you don't know it's there.’
    • ‘Position underclings - holds you use palm-up - down low for challenging sit-start problems, and attach plenty of buckets - big, grabby holds - at the tops so your routes have a variety of finishing positions to choose from.’
    • ‘Another move up, the incut pocket now worked into an undercling, and that's leg-breaking territory.’
    • ‘Go up past an undercling to finish by a thin crack.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]Climbing
  • Climb using undercling handholds.

    • ‘A bit of ferocious underclinging allowed me to poke my spare hand into the high crack.’
    • ‘It starts out with about 12 metres of underclinging left along the bottom of the flake which gradually gets thinner until finally it peters out to almost nothing.’
    • ‘In extreme situations you may even need to use a foot smear to oppose the underclinging hand.’
    • ‘The crux section involves underclinging the fist size crack in the roof and traversing left on small foot matches and around the corner onto a precarious ledge.’
    • ‘I then stretched my feet out to very thin feet on the face and underclung under the roof for hands and began to explore my options for moving left.’
    • ‘Instead, try to put holds in unusual positions so that you need to climb by laybacking, sidepulling, underclinging, backstepping, and generally moving your body into interesting positions.’
    • ‘For the last few moves, you walk your feet up the diagonal crack while underclinging at the same time.’
    • ‘He climbed up to a small roof and underclung the crack under it.’
    • ‘The crux involved some fancy footwork into a broad horizontal crack while underclinging with the left and searching desperately for a right hand.’
    • ‘To do this, try underclinging the pocket at the base of the roof.’
    • ‘I underclung the chockstone with my left tool and torqued it (which tweaked my left elbow badly and it still hurts), then searched for a right tool placement.’
    • ‘He seemed to have a magnetic attraction to underclinging any overlap he came across.’

Pronunciation

undercling

/ˈʌndəklɪŋ/