It’s a common misconception that climbing is an activity that only takes place in the mountains. Actually, there are many indoor climbing gyms. We know that indoor bouldering (yes, that’s its proper name) can feel super foreign. We’ve listed some introductory info and basic tips below to help get you onto a rock wall soon:

What is bouldering? 

Bouldering is a form of climbing that focuses on shorter walls or "boulders" without the use of ropes or harnesses. All you need to get started is a pair of climbing shoes, which can usually be rented or borrowed from the gym. Indoor bouldering gyms provide a controlled environment with a variety of challenging routes, allowing you to improve your climbing skills and technique.

Is it hard? 

Bouldering routes are typically rated using the V-scale, which ranges from V0 (easier) to V16 (extremely challenging). Starting with a V1 or V0 route is an excellent choice for beginners. These routes provide an opportunity to learn fundamental techniques, gain confidence, and develop strength and balance. Remember, progress in bouldering is about personal growth and pushing your own limits. 

Five Tips for Your First Day at the Bouldering Gym:

1. Warm Up and Stretch: Prioritize warming up your muscles and stretching before you begin climbing. This helps prevent injuries and improves your overall performance.

 2. Study the Route: Take a moment to examine the route before you start climbing. Look for handholds and footholds, and visualize your movements to create a strategy.

3. Start with Easy Problems: Choose V0 or V1 problems that suit your ability level. These routes are designed for beginners and allow you to familiarize yourself with the movements and build strength.

4. Ask for Guidance: Don't hesitate to ask experienced climbers for tips or demonstrations of climbing techniques. The bouldering community is often supportive and eager to help newcomers.

 

Embrace Falling and Resting: Falling is a natural part of bouldering, and it's important to learn how to fall safely. Take breaks between climbs to rest and recover your energy. Listen to your body and know when to push forward and when to take a break.