Give it a Go Bouldering Session
So you may ask what’s the difference between roped climbing and bouldering? Well we answer this question in-depth in our FAQs at the bottom of the page but for a quick and easy answer bouldering is climbing stripped down to its essentials. Leave behind the ropes and harnesses and just climb at a much shorter height.
Your challenge is to climb short but tricky bouldering routes or problems as they’re commonly referred, using your balance, strength, technique, plus your brain. Yep, your brain! Think of a high-intense training session in your local gym or a CrossFit workout while at the same time working through a complicated crossword or puzzle. Cool right!
No prior climbing experience is necessary and over 80-minutes, one of our qualified instructors will keep you safe while you get to grips with the many challenges in our bouldering room and surrounding sections of our centre.
Adult Give It A Go Bouldering sessions start at 7pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Throughout the year we host several bouldering events. Our events have great atmosphere and a real community feel with live music, food, beer and goodies. Even if you don’t want to take part in the event you can still come down and soak up the cool atmosphere. Keep an eye out on our comps and events page for our upcoming events (link here) or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date on all things Boulders.
What’s the difference between roped climbing and bouldering?
Top-roping, lead climbing, bouldering, sport climbing. All of these terms and the climbing jargon are a lot to take in when you’re a new guy or gal starting the sport so let us break it down for you.
For many people roped climbing is the most exciting aspect of indoor climbing since it provides the enjoyment and exhilaration of climbing high but within the safety and warmth of our centre. Roped climbing requires experience and rope management climbing skills to keep you safe. Before you climb our walls it is essential that you’re a fully competent climber and understand the correct techniques required to safely manage the risks involved.
Bouldering is a form of low level climbing undertaken without ropes and harness typically limited to a height of 4.5m above soft matting to help prevent injury from falling.
In comparison to climbing bouldering requires minimal specialist equipment and instruction so it’s the easiest way for you to get involved with indoor climbing and get to grips with our walls. All you require to get started are a pair of climbing shoes, chalk plus chalkbag and possibly a chalk brush. Bouldering also has the advantage of not requiring a climbing partner, allowing you to practice alone and at your own pace.
What is involved in the Give It A Go Bouldering session?
Our Give It A Go Bouldering session is your first step in becoming a real rock star!
The 80-minute session covers all the basic movement techniques that will enable you to safely enjoy bouldering with us. Some of the topics covered in our Give It A Go Bouldering session include;
How to complete a thorough warm-up
Correct equipment, basic balance and movement techniques
Risk-reducing climbing practices
Correct falling practice and injury avoidance advice
Sequencing and strategy
How the climbing grade system works
General climbing tips and tricks
Throughout the 80-minutes you’ll get expert instruction on beginner climbing technique, while learning how to boulder and to manage the associated risks to ensure you get the best out of your climb. The great thing about bouldering is you don't need to have a partner to come climbing with us. At Boulders we’ve got a great community and social scene so you will soon be introduced to others so you can discuss how to conquer one of our climbing problems or maybe chat about new equipment from our on-site climbing shop.
What should I wear for the session?
Identical to our Give It A Go Climbing session we recommend that you wear loose and comfortable clothing (what you would wear to the gym). Climbing is much easier if you are wearing loose fitting comfortable clothing that allows freedom of movement.
It’s a good idea to wear different layers as while it gets pretty warm in our bouldering rooms you can get cool and stiffen up whilst waiting for your turn to climb so wear 'layers' that can be added or removed as required. Also, please ensure any long hair is securely tied back and remove all jewellery. Finally, bring some thin socks to wear with the climbing shoes.
What do all the different coloured shapes mean?
Indoor bouldering routes are identified by coloured holds, so the climber links movements between starting and finishing points, using only a certain colour of holds on the wall. Our holds are changed on a monthly basis to ensure our climbers always have new challenging routes to attempt and complete.
Different routes of the same colour can be climbed one after another as a circuit for a more intense session. Some bouldering routes might only be a couple of moves long and a few feet off the ground, while others might be upwards of 60 moves to link together in one go, which is longer than most roped climbs!
At Boulders we use the V-grading system which works as follows:
White - If you haven’t tried climbing or bouldering before we recommend you start here!
V0 - V1 (Orange)
V1 - V2 (Pink)
V2 - V4 (Blue)
V4 - V6 (Green)
V5 - V7 (Purple)
V7 - (Yellow)
Competition (Black/ Red)
Can I just turn up or do I need to pre-book for the session?
Anyone new to climbing will need to book in advance as you will need to complete our registration and waiver form prior to climbing. If you want to book a place on our Give It A Go Bouldering session please call 029 2048 4880 or come in and have a chat with one of our friendly team members.