Another Sport: Bouldering

Yesterday, I went bouldering for the first time. Those of you who know as little as I did about this: It`s basically a form of (indoor) climbing where you usually don`t go much higher than 3-4 meters. A huge mattress is on the bottom because you don`t wear any safety gear.

I have never climbed anywhere before, not in a gym, not anywhere else, other than that, I don`t consider myself strong, I am rather scared of heights, and I need some time to find my balance.

In theory, Bouldering isn`t hard, you grab at what ever you think will be good to hold onto while keeping your balance and try to move up or around corners or whatever you want.

The reality for me looked more like the following: Standing at the bottom absolutely plan less what to do, I grab at one thing, another one, I move up once, twice, maybe three times, I loose my balance, I don`t know what to hold onto, because the tiny parts seem not to work, I jump back down.

When you see someone who is experienced doing it, they will figure out where to go before (some “problems” – that`s how you call them -are real ways that you need to follow), then you might see them going through the different grips in their head, and then it looks like they are literally just pulling themselves up in one motion, swinging from one side to the next as if they were dancing.

In conclusion, for me the first time was quite hard, I never got much higher than a few steps which didn`t really make me optimistic. I lost the fears I had, but the doubts are still there. I might go and try it again however.

Have you bouldered before? Or climbed? What are your impressions? Ideas? Tricks?

 

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5 thoughts on “Another Sport: Bouldering

  1. Hey Anna! Sorry to randomly post… but the sport of bouldering is what my (very incredibly new) blog is all about! If your interested in really getting into it I can send you some info on simple tricks to get better or training to get stronger πŸ™‚ Climbing never really gets to a point where it is easy… your always wanting to do the next hardest thing so you never really get fully satisfied with your accomplishments. Hope you’ll get out and try it again!

    -Meg

    • Hi πŸ™‚ I would absolutely love to hear more, thank you for contacting me! I will go to bouldering again, I`m sure. And I also know, that next time I will reach a bit higher or be a little bit better. Things can take time πŸ™‚ I`m looking at your blog now, but if you have any special tips for beginners, I`d be glad for anything you can share!
      Thank you for the comment!

      • I’ve been teaching climbing for years so I can only guess where you are technique wise. I guess the best thing to do while climbing is to stay calm and climb smart. If you do this you’ll be able to remember the few tricks I’m going to share with you πŸ™‚ Theres a few things like: don’t forget to breathe, make sure you keep your arms relatively straight (so you don’t waste precious energy in your arms), don’t over-grip a hold, and trust your feet. Getting your feet higher before you make a move with your hands is smart because if your hands and feet are too spread out, your body will be too stretched to maintain tension to stay on the rock. Always stay low on your feet, again, by keeping your arms relatively straight. Think about it this way, standing on your feet is pretty easy and you do it daily… hanging by your hands is quite difficult in comparison. So, keep your legs bent and stay close to the wall to put the most pressure on your feet that you can. I always tell my friends to “make love” to the wall.. this will bring for centre of mass over your feet and make life much more easier. The final, and most important trick for beginners, is to think of climbing just like a ladder. If your right hand is going to be moving to the next hold, make sure you weight your right foot. Whichever hand you are going to move with next, make sure that foot is on the wall (and preferably the higher foot). If you take your right hand off the wall, and do not have your right foot on, you will probably end up “barn dooring” and swing away from the wall. These are my best tips for beginners. It takes a while to build up strength and get used to it but I hope you stick with it! The feeling of defying gravity just can’t be beat once you get strong enough πŸ™‚

        Hope I didn’t over load you there haha

      • You are a great explainer πŸ™‚ I might have to come back to you, after I tried out your tips, but I think I know what I need to watch out for the next time. Thanks so much for sharing all this! Now I`m really eager to try and learn. πŸ™‚
        I`ll probably try it out again next week and I will report back to you, how it went!
        Thank you!

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