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Bouldering Basics

27-03-2016 -

Let me talk about bouldering a bit. This activity can be called the very basics of rock climbing. So this is a fundamental discipline which can help you a lot in improving your climbing techniques, or even learning the basics of the whole sport if you are a total newbie.

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Bouldering is said to be the best way to get closer to rock climbing. In the first couple of events, bouldering can help you a lot in the learning phase, but later on it can also provide perfect joy for the pro climbers. So you have to know that this is not an activity that the rookie climbers do only. I haven’t already mentioned the possible motivations of rock climbing. One of them can be the height. The height that has to be beaten with our bare hands. Some climbers turn to climbing in this way, but I have to tell you that this kind of push will not definitely work in case of bouldering.

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What is bouldering anyway? I haven’t even told you, sorry. Bouldering is a crazy (in a good sense) discipline of rock climbing. Bouldering means climbing shorter routes on relatively small boulders that the falls are still safe from, and the boulder is still large enough to climb on. Some sportsmen use crash pad (also called as bouldering mat) that makes the sport safer in case of falls. This discipline is getting more and more fashionable, mostly because it eliminates rope techniques, protection and so on. So, we can say that this is quite “easy” to practise, which means you don’t need that many pieces of equipment, and of course it is not that difficult to find a boulder that is suitable for climbing.

© Kristianstads kommun (photo by Cecilia Sandén)

Now you that haven’t heard of bouldering so far, can imagine rocks or rock formations that provides perfect climbing conditions even 1,5-2 meters from the ground. Climbers rarely risk the injury that can a fall cause, so 5 or 7 

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meters counts very high in bouldering. And one of the greatest things in bouldering is that you can do it simultaneously with your friends without worrying about each other's protection. But even if bouldering can be practised alone, it is always better to have fun and do sports together. And it is not just about fun, but you can learn from each other (mostly if you start climbing together), but it’s better to start under the supervision of an experienced climber. Unless you are a hot shot climber, it is warmly suggested climbing with company. There are lots of indoor climbing places that offer bouldering sections for those who prefer this form of climbing.

© Kristianstads kommun (photo by Claes Sandén)

A very impressive attribute of bouldering is its relatively poor equipment requirements. For doing this sport you don’t need anything special. Moreover, you don’t need anything, since bouldering is still the same activity even if you do it naked. Of course comfortable clothing can be a great advantage, but a good pair of climbing shoes, a little chalk bag can be great of help. Most types of chalk bags come out with appliances that help you keep it with you during a climb. Don’t forget about the importance of clean shoes.

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The special rubbers can do their job only if they are clean as hell, so before your bouldering adventures you have to rub them properly. (And if you clean it after each climbing session, it can be a very handy and useful habit, and you will definitely feel the difference next time.). I have mentioned the bouldering mat above that can help you moderate the injuries in case of falls. It can be really important to have one, because during bouldering the ankles, wrists and even the spine can be injured.

I very much hope that you found these little words at least funny if you are an experienced climber, and useful if you are just planning to climb. And don’t forget about safety, however big the fun is, the very first has to be safety! I hope we will meet on the rocks!

I very much hope that after reading the article you won't have questions like this, cause that would mean you didn't get the point! 8(

 

 

 

 

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