There has never been a better time to start Bouldering
Worldwide, a large number of people are discovering indoor rock climbing. With the inclusion of Sport Climbing for the first time as an Olympic event upcoming in 2020, the growth of the climbing has reached a scale of interest never seen before. In particular, bouldering is emerging as the first contact new climbers will have with climbing.
What is Bouldering?
Bouldering is"fuss-free" climbing. You only needclimbing shoes, chalk and safety mats.The low walls also make it more accessible for people with a fear of heights.
Climbing a boulder removes the hassle of dealing with ropes,harnesses, knots, belay devices, etc. This makes it easier for everyone to enjoy the very essence of what climbing is; pure movement.
The lifestyle of an indoor Boulderer
With so little equipment necessary, bouldering is a sport with incredibly low barrier to entry; especially with climbing gym memberships compared very favorably against those of conventionalfitness gyms. Dollar for dollar, climbing gives you more value per hour.
For many people, unlocking the movement potential of their bodies is what gives climbing it’s appeal. The ability to test themselves against routes(called“problems” in bouldering) provides a medium for both self-assessment and an achievement that can be shared with others.
This celebration of each other's achievement, and the culture of encouragement and empowering others; is why climbing has a tendency towards openness and is welcoming to everyone.
Bouldering is only getting bigger and better
Bouldering, previously an activity for hippies, has gained recognition as a trendy sport with mass appeal.
It is quickly catching on with malls that wants them as anchor tenants,who in return provide the mall diversity in their tenant mix. Malls are now about lifestyle first, retail second.
With the popularity of bouldering, more gyms are opening up, providing climbers a plethora of experience in different gym environments, wall angles, handholds and route setting styles.
Getting Involved in Climbing
Before jumping in the deep end, it’s a good idea to consult a physician to evaluate whether you are fit to try climbing.
Do an online search for local bouldering gyms near you, many climbing gyms are on Instagram, which will give you an idea of what to expect.
Many climbing gyms provide gear rental if you require it, so you don’t need to worry about having your own shoes or chalk. Be sure to ask the gym you are trying about their safety rules and regulations.