The Forgotten Movements Volume 4 – Wall Stall

Kong Vault. Precision. Cat Leap. These are the essentials, the bread and butter, of most traceurs’ movement repertoire. There are certain movements that get the most practice, that get the most attention, and that get the most thought. This is understandable because they can be used in so many different situations without changing the basic technique all that much. But what about other situations, other movements? Surely there are other, lesser known ways of moving through the environment? Of course, and I’m going to highlight a few that I feel don’t get the respect they deserve. Read more to hear about the Wall Stall.



Picture the scene: you’re in the middle of practicing a line. Everything is going well. You’re running down a long wall leading toward a solid brick building up ahead. You know that there is a walkway that runs alongside the building, perpendicular to your current course. The building wall is too tall to scale and you’ve built up a lot of momentum. You don’t want to slow down, turn, and drop onto the pathway, screwing with the flow of your run. What do you do?


If you’d practiced the Wall Stall, you’d know exactly what to do.

Yes, I know I'm unoriginal. The Wall Stall is the name of a move in Aggressive Inline too. Same principles apply.


Written by Gabriel Arnold



The Wall Stall falls into the grey area of movement in that it’s actually a cessation of movement, a complete stop to forward momentum. But used correctly it can enhance your overall speed and fluidity. It does this by allowing you to never stop or slow down your running stride.


Performing the movement is easy. Run at normal speed toward a strong, immovable wall. A few feet before you’d smack into the side, jump and stick all four limbs out in front of you, like a cat preparing to hit to the ground. Try to have both arms and legs contact the wall at the same time, or if significant amounts of speed have been built up, allow the legs to strike first and take initial impact before the hands follow suit. Your body will stall in midair and then fall straight down. Land softly on the balls of your feet and then launch off in the direction you’d like to go. It’s that easy.


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Watch my good friend David Jones at minute 0:09, throwing the Wall Stall into a quick line.


The beauty of this movement is its versatility. It can be used on featureless vertical walls, on slanted walls, coming from an angle, even on railings if need be. It can also be used as a saving move, as demonstrated by Ryan Ford in his video “The Landing Continuum." In it he describes the move as the Cat Leap Abort, a way to bail out of the cat leap safely. The Wall Stall takes things a step further by making the wall plant the purpose of the movement itself, not just a saving technique.

Though it probably won’t replace the Kong Vault as your most popular movement it’s still a handy thing to know how to do. It’s not even something new; Oleg does it in the original Dvinsk Clan video “Russian Climbing.” Don’t believe me? Skip to minute 4:38.

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Written by Daniel Mannino   
Friday, 25 February 2011 19:00
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