Bouldering

Bouldering

The fastest growing climbing discipline and arguably the purest form of climbing, bouldering is the easiest aspect of climbing to get started in and requires minimal equipment. Our team of bouldering pioneers explain climbing slang, ethics, climbing styles, understanding the grading system, preparation, risk assessment and competing.

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Introduction to bouldering

Introduction to bouldering

by Andrew Earl

Andrew Earl introduces the noble art of bouldering, arguably the purest form of climbing.

Starting out in bouldering

Starting out in bouldering

by John Gaskins

Bouldering is the easiest aspect of climbing to get started in. It requires minimal equipment and is probably the most social form of climbing. Amongst other things, this article gives tips on where and how best to start bouldering.

Motivation for bouldering

Motivation for bouldering

by John Gaskins

Bouldering is now the fastest growing climbing discipline. It's accessible, offers an unbeatable 'time to climb' ratio, is sociable, you need minimal equipment and there are plenty of picturesque venues.

Definitions, ethics and rock types in bouldering

Definitions, ethics and rock types in bouldering

by John Gaskins

Climbing slang explained, along with the ethics and climbing styles required for different UK rock types and venues.

Preparation and risk assessment for bouldering

Preparation and risk assessment for bouldering

by John Gaskins

Bouldering carries a number of potential risks, but these can all be reduced with a little forethought. This article looks at some of the common, and not so common, risks encountered when bouldering.

Bouldering competitions

Bouldering competitions

by Tim Emmett

Tim Emmett gives a brief overview of aggregate and day bouldering competitions which are becoming ever more popular across the country.

Essential equipment for bouldering

Essential equipment for bouldering

by Andrew Earl

Andrew Earl's definitive checklist.

Grading for bouldering

Grading for bouldering

by John Gaskins

Bouldering has a number of different grading systems, although two, the Font and V systems, are most widespread in their use. This article shows how all the different systems compare to each other.

First ascents in bouldering

First ascents in bouldering

by John Gaskins

First ascents are always inspiring, but being a pioneer has its responsibilities. John Gaskins demonstrates how to leave the boulder for the tourists who arrive later.

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