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.
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.
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 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 are always inspiring, but being a pioneer has its responsibilities. John Gaskins demonstrates how to leave the boulder for the tourists who arrive later.
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 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.
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.
Climbing slang explained, along with the ethics and climbing styles required for different UK rock types and venues.
John has the reputation in the climbing world of being 'the strongest boulderer on the planet' (UK Climbing). He is also said to be streets ahead of everyone else on the bouldering scene, attempting and succeeding at problems which others daren't try! It's great to have the very best in our team of experts.
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