Bouldering? Ever wondered what the sport is all about? Check out this video where our lovely, geeky friend Elmo tries it out for the first time out with some local lads from Glasgow!
Bouldering is a style of rock climbing that doesn’t use ropes and therefore, is normally limited to not going very high. Instead of ropes “boulderers”, “boulder” over a padded mat called a crash pad, or bouldering mat, to help make falls safer. Bouldering typically takes place on large natural boulders, or in indoor climbing centres – just like our centre.
Bouldering emphasises power, strength and dynamic movement. Its focus is on individual moves, or short sequences of moves, unlike traditional climbing or sport climbing, which generally demands more endurance over longer stretches of rock. Bouldering routes are commonly referred to as problems because the nature of the climb is often short, curious and much like problem solving.
Here at Boulders, we have a large dedicated bouldering area that when fully set boasts close to 100 problems from easy to really difficult!
The bouldering area in Boulders is made up of three main areas:
- The slab, vertical wall and 5 degree over hang.
- The 20, 35 and 45 degree overhanging walls.
- The cave.
Check out our website for more information about bouldering at Boulders!