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Very recently I had been to a climb where I learnt about an alternate route that requires a huge crack to be climbed. It is of about a 100-120 ft roughly. Though I have experience in climbing open faces of walls with the aid of equipment like Pegs, I have never tried much of my skills to climb through natural cracks, So before I get there, I'd like to prepare a bit in that point of view.
As far as I can see the kind of an activity it is, Offset pull-ups should be good exercise to start with.
Can anybody suggest some more sort of a warm-up / exercises one should follow while beginning to prepare/practice for such a climb?

P.S. : I am specifically referring to Cracks, and not to the Chimneys.

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Is the crack high-angle or exposed? If so, then you should be using ropes and trad gear so that a fall isn't fatal. Most trad pieces are specifically designed for cracks. –  Ben Crowell Feb 14 at 18:32
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In terms of physical conditioning, the answer to your question depends completely on the width of the crack, because the technique is totally different for different widths. Practice at a rock-climbing gym. Hand cracks, especially vertical ones, tend to be very fatiguing to climb, and this is another reason that you probably want ropes -- so you can hang on the rope and rest. –  Ben Crowell Feb 14 at 18:53
    
By the way, what do you mean by: "with the aid of equipment like Pegs." Is that a training tool (peg board?) or some kind of aid pro? –  Mr.Wizard Feb 14 at 20:28
    
@Ben Crowell: Yes, considering that crack in specific, a fall would be fatal without a doubt. Its a 135 ft tall, and is immediately after a vertical wall climb of a good 200 ft. –  WedaPashi Feb 17 at 6:15
    
@BenCrowell: A peg is a Piton. a.k.a Pins –  WedaPashi Feb 17 at 16:41

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I don't have a lot of experience with cracks myself (I refuse to make my feet hurt, and so far I haven't found a way around that), but I found these videos quite helpful in getting the basic jams correct:

Each video (except the newest ones: #7 Advanced Fingers, and #8 Advanced Hands) is accompanied by a PDF, though I found the videos themselves the most useful.

PDF files:

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