Bouldering is one of the popular growing sports these days. It is the simplest type of climbing with ropes, harnesses, and hardware on smaller rock faces at cragging areas. We can easily find so many people drawing towards this type of climbing. Some of the features which make it more attractive.
- Affordable: Gear used for this type of climbing is minimum. You only need rock shoes, route book, crash pad, chalk, brush and finger tape to start with.
- Accessible: You should not have to search for a misty mountain range; there are many good bouldering areas easily accessible by car. It is also available at many climbing gyms.
- Social: You will be easily able to create your community and friendly competitions where everyone attempts the same. It is opposite to roped climbing where each climber is isolated with other.
For beginners, it can be a great way to start climbing. You find newbies at a bouldering area, and experienced sport climbers working on their craft. You will find many climbers who only focus on bouldering.
Common Bouldering Problems
It also involves many of the problems and difficulties which are similar to other forms of climbing, but some are encountered frequently in bouldering:
Faces and slabs: A flat vertical surface is termed as the face, and a flat angled surface is known as a slab. For crossing both the paths, it checks your technical skill and delicate footwork.
Bouldering Safety And Injury Prevention
Overhangs: These are rock surfaces that lie over your head and are relatively horizontal to the ground. These are also known as roofs. For passing through this, it needs strength and power.
Traverses: It is similar to an endurance test for boulderers; these ask for moving sideways in the rock before topping out.
Compression problems: In this, the climber has to hug a feature on the rock in order to clear the boulder route. It demands a solid technique and good endurance.
Topping out: This involves a series of moves required to get you standing on the top as a last part of bouldering.
In bouldering, there is constant peeling off the rock. For protection, you use partners and padding instead of ropes
Spotters: They will not try to catch you; they will ensure that your head and shoulders did n’t hit the ground during any fall. More number of spotters are good.
Crash pads: These are thick mats used to protect you and provide you with cushion effect during your fall. These are kept in your falling area. For covering your area, more than one pad is required. In many gyms, there are permanent wall matt flooring.
Tips For Preventing Bouldering Injuries
Even after all precautions taken, padding was made and proper spotting, still injuries happen. Many boulderers get hurt their ankles and strain arms, shoulders, and finger tendons.
To prevent and avoid physical problems following are the tips:
- Always use ample padding
- More number of attentive spotters.
- Warm up
- Learn how to tape fingers for added support.