Bouldering (Rock Climbing!)

If you follow me on Twitter you’ll perhaps already know that the bf and I picked up a new hobby after Christmas. Bouldering, not to be confused with rock climbing, is ridiculously challenging and fun. Every time, I leave feeling like I’ve accomplished something. It’s also a very fun way to get a full body workout.

This is an example of a bouldering wall! All hand/foot holds are marked with a piece of colored tape. Each of the colors represent a level of difficulty  When climbing, you follow a path using only one of the colors and are only allowed to use those hand/foot holds. This is called a problem. Unlike rock climbing, bouldering does not use ropes or clips.

This is a close up picture of the same wall, but here I’ve circled in yellow all of the problems that are tagged with a dark green piece of tape (this is an easy beginners problem! hehe 🙂 ) In the video I’ve posted below, you’ll see the girl (that’s me!) climbing only using the holds highlighted in the picture above- I also use the crack in the wall too.

I completely encourage everyone to try out bouldering, and when you go, find someone there to help you get a feel for the problems. Climbers are incredibly friendly and love to offer assistance (at least most of them are). It’s a wonderful stress reliever, and when you finish a problem you’ve been struggling with, you feel like superwoman.

Have you ever tried bouldering or rock climbing?

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2 thoughts about "Bouldering (Rock Climbing!)"

  • Carrie-Anne says:

    My second and I believe third high schools had rock-climbing units in gym, though my parents didn’t sign the waiver letting me climb above a certain heigh. I had to come down before climbing all the way up the wall. I’ve done real climbing too.

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