Bouldering - techniques

Bouldering - techniques

In this exciting section you'll find a wealth of advice from some of the best climbers in the world. Beginners through to the more experienced will benefit from reading these articles which cover everything from using chalk to soloing ('highballing'). Plus essential safety tips on how to fall off properly.

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Bouldering techniques - chalking

Bouldering techniques - chalking

by John Gaskins

What's the point of chalk for bouldering? What's the difference between loose and ball chalk? Are there any alternatives? John Gaskins tells you all you need to know about chalk.

Bouldering techniques - cleaning holds & brushing

Bouldering techniques - cleaning holds & brushing

by John Gaskins

Cleaning holds is a legitimate practise for bouldering and other forms of rock climbing, but it must be done with care. Climbers need to have clean holds for climbing and to clean chalk from the holds once they've climbed. This article covers cleaning techniques and the use of brushes.

Bouldering techniques - falling off

Bouldering techniques - falling off

by Andrew Earl

This article looks at the factors involved in both jumping off and falling off and uses of spotting and padding.

Bouldering techniques - bad landings

Bouldering techniques - bad landings

by Andrew Earl

This section looks at bad landings and the precautionary steps that you can take such as using mats and spotters to improve safety.

Bouldering techniques - using mats

Bouldering techniques - using mats

by Andrew Earl

The pros and cons of bouldering mats, and when to use or not to use them.

Bouldering techniques - spotting

Bouldering techniques - spotting

by John Gaskins

Good spotting will reduce many of the risks of falling when bouldering, allowing the boulderer to concentrate on the climbing. This article looks at some of the issues involved and techniques that can be used.

Bouldering techniques - topping out

Bouldering techniques - topping out

by Andrew Earl

This article look at the techniques, flexibility and strength a climber requires to top out on a boulder problem.

Advanced bouldering techniques - highball problems

Advanced bouldering techniques - highball problems

by Leo Houdling

Describes the essential elements of bouldering at greater heights.

Advanced bouldering techniques - jumping problems

Advanced bouldering techniques - jumping problems

by Leo Houdling

Jumping is an exciting way to play with the rock. It offers high adrenaline action and great potential for new problems and challenges in areas previously thought to be worked out.

Advanced bouldering techniques - dynamics

Advanced bouldering techniques - dynamics

by Leo Houdling

Climbing quickly and dynamically is a pleasing and useful technique that conserves energy if performed correctly. Here is a brief look at the important factors involved in dynamic climbing.

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