How to overcome the Traversal Wall


    The Traverse Wall obstacle it's really like a rock climbing and it won't be easy.


    Depending on conditions, ( the wheater, how much runners doing it simultaneously, etc.), each one of these things can change the level of difficulty.

    Furthermore is one of the obstacles that favors shorter stature.And to make it more complicated you could be facing a Z-Wall with angles of 90 degrees, some of them blind.

    The only thing you need is the right Spartan Traverse Wall technique!

    Here some tips that will allow you to overcome the Traverse Wall.

    runners on the Traverse Wall

    You don't want to stay on this obstacle too long, the longer you do, the more your fingers will be taxed.

    Do not put both hands on the same block, but maintain a wider hand position. This requires less arm strength allows the center of gravity to stay closer to the wall.

    Keep the pelvis as near the wall as possible. Doing so you'll change your center of gravity unloading the weight on your legs, allowing you to move faster and lightly.


    Try to focus on your hands, if you lose your grip it'll be harder to recover. Take a few minutes to find the driest wall possible, reducing your odds of slipping.

    Before you attacks the traverse wall, wipe off your hands and feet from the mud.

    The right pair of gloves could help.

    Racer instrucions

    1. Traverse the wall using only the handholds and footholds.
    2. Ring the bell

    Failure modes

    1. Touching the ground after start
    2. Touching the top of the wall after start
    3. Failure to ring the bell
    4. Use of mechanical assistance

    Failure penalty: 30 burpees

    Spartan Race obstacles list:

    1. Tyre Flipping obstacle - In the Tyre Flipping obstacle you'll have to flip a tractor tyre. It won’t be so heavy but you have to know how to tip over it correctly. Don't lift the tyre only with your arms strength! Read more on the article.
    2. Tyrolean Traverse obstacle - Without technique, the tyrolean traverse can be hard. put the rope between the feet and use the legs to push. Check the article to learn more.
    3. Traverse Wall obstacle - Depending on conditions, ( the wheater, how much runners doing it simultaneously, etc.), each one of these things can change the level of difficulty. The Traverse Wall can be very slippery!
    4. Wall Jump obstacle - If you are able to do some pull-up, then you won't have problems. Go to the page to learn the technique.
    5. Barbed Wire Crawl obstacleThe Barbed Wire Crawl obstacle is the slowest, and its difficult depends on a variety of causes. They can be the slope, the barbed wire height and if the terrain is mud or rocky hard.
    6. Spear Throw Obstacle obstacle - The Spear Throw obstacle is the symbol of the Spartan Races, but the 86% fail it. Learn some technique and fall in the 14%!
    7. Atlas Carry Obstacle obstacle - You are going to want to get real low to the ground to grab that stone!
    8. Bucket Brigade Obstacle obstacle - An exhausting obstacle that tests your muscular endurance and your hand grip.
    9. Fire Jump Obstacle obstacle - The Fire Jump obstacle is all for the glory! It means that you did it!!
    10. Hercules Hoist Obstacle obstacle - The Hercules Hoist obstacle is one of those who can take away what remain of your energy. Learn how to avoid that!
    11. Over Under Through Obstacle obstacle - The Over Under Through obstacle is not so difficult, you can pass through it easily. Obviously, you want to do it fast. Follow these tips and you'll make up some time.
    12. Rope Climb Obstacle obstacle - learn the Gym Class Technique, or the Brake and Squat. Which is better?
    13. Tire Drag Obstacle obstacle - First, you have to pick up the tire and take it far away until the rope is fully extended. Return to the rope attachment point, sit down, the butt must be on the ground, grab the rope and start to drag the tire. Check the article and the video tutorial!