Bouldering - technique, power, and lifestyle

Bouldering

Bouldering is climbing without ropes or harnesses at rebound heights. Bouldering enthusiasts often tackle free standing boulders like the ones found in the Rocklands or Fontainebleau regions. These boulders offer relatively short routes to the top, which can be quite demanding in terms of technique and require excellent agility, power, and quick thinking.

Bouldering is, however, much more than just a compressed climbing tour. Bouldering is a lifestyle. It doesn't matter if you practice your bouldering in a bouldering hall or on a real rock - it is a social sport and encourages teamwork to reach the top.

Bouldering in the open

The whole world is dotted with challenging lumps of rock that are simply begging to be conquered. Every route requires a unique combination of actions to get to the top. And you don't even have to travel far or to famous spots to get in some quality bouldering time. There are plenty of great bouldering areas all across Europe to choose from. Whatever area you want to explore, we have the perfect bouldering guide for you.

You won't need much equipment for bouldering, as you will be doing without all the safety gear used in climbing. A pair of good climbing shoes, a chalk bag, a crash pad, and maybe a rock brush will do the trick. You will need a good eye for spotting when bouldering outdoors, as it is important not to disturb the natural environment.

Bouldering indoors

Sometimes there just isn't enough time to go off and find a natural boulder out there somewhere. Or you simply prefer indoor bouldering because of that additional bit of social interaction. The number of bouldering halls has increased exponentially over recent years, which means that you can find at least one in virtually any mid-sized town, and the route creators have done their best to make things difficult for you.

Indoor bouldering has a lot of advantages. You can do it all year round, and you will only need a pair of climbing shoes and a chalk bag - and you're good to go.

Improve your climbing by bouldering

It comes as no surprise that today's top climbers, like Chris Sharma or Adam Ondra have spent a lot of time bouldering. Bouldering helps train technique and coordination like no other climbing discipline. Most bouldering tours are also very demanding in terms of body tension and physical power.

Trainers around the world agree that periodic bouldering sessions should be a fixed component of a well-balanced fitness plan.

Bouldering gear and clothing

Bouldering

You won't need much equipment for bouldering. Your basic gear will include climbing shoes, a large chalk bag (aka a boulder bag), and a brush to clean the handles. It is advisable to add a crash pad for outdoor bouldering Crash pads are available in a variety of models and sizes from big name manufacturers like Black Diamond and Edelrid, but also from smaller labels for insiders, like Ocun, Chillaz, or Charko.

In terms of clothing, comfort and freedom of movement are top priority. That is why there are special bouldering trousers for you to choose from. Many of the best climbing trousers come from scene labels like E9, Monkee, and Chillaz.

Bouldering - hard pulls, cool moves, and plenty of fun with friends.

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