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?