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Bouldering

as a hobby

Calling thrill seekers and fitness enthusiasts! Bouldering offers a unique blend of physical challenge and mental puzzles, inviting you to conquer mini-mountains without ropes or harnesses. Benefits abound, from sculpting your physique and boosting mental focus to joining a supportive community. Ready to scale new heights? Start by renting gear at your local climbing gym, enrolling in a beginner class, and embracing the journey!

Helpful content to start bouldering as a hobby

We aim to provide accurate information, but errors might be found. Always exercise judgment and discretion.

Videos

Short visual inspiration.

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YouTube | What is Bouldering
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YouTube | TOP 10 Tips for Beginner Boulderers
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YouTube | 5 beginner bouldering tips & techniques | Hannah Morris
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YouTube | What I wish I would’ve known when I started bouldering | 5 ESSENTIAL TIPS

Podcasts

Play an episode while exploring the page.

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Spotify | Getting into Bouldering
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Spotify | Introduction to BOLD – a bouldering podcast

Sport climbing has become an Olympic sport, making its debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. This signifies its growing popularity and recognition as a demanding athletic discipline.

Terms

Basic lingo for orientation.

  • Beta: Advice or information on how to complete a climb.
  • Bloc: Another term for a boulder problem.
  • Bump: A move where you move one hand directly to the next hold without stopping.
  • Crimp: A small hold that can only be gripped with fingertips.
  • Deadpoint: The moment in a dynamic move where your body has no contact with the wall.
  • Dyno: A jump between holds where you have no contact with the wall at any point.
  • Flash: Completing a climb on your first attempt without any prior knowledge or beta.
  • Heel Hook: Using your heel to hook around a hold for stability or leverage.
  • Kneebar: Jamming your knee or thigh against a hold for stability or leverage.
  • Lockoff: A static reach where one hand remains motionless while the other reaches for a hold.
  • Match: Placing both hands on the same hold at the same time.
  • Mantel: Using your hands and feet to climb over the top of a bouldering problem.
  • Onsight: Completing a climb on your first attempt with no prior knowledge or beta.
  • Problem: A specific sequence of holds to climb on a bouldering wall.
  • Send: Successfully completing a climb without falling.
  • Traverse: Moving sideways across the wall, not necessarily upwards.

How to start bouldering as a hobby

First moves for getting acquainted and breaking the ice.

  • Watch YouTube videos for inspiration and orientation.
  • Search for a rock climbing gym near you (make sure it has a bouldering section).
  • You can rent everything you need (shoes, primarily) in the gym.
  • In the gym, look for the easiest problems and start exploring.
  • Ask for tips and guidance from instructors or other climbers. The climbing community is a welcoming one.
  • Watch more YouTube tutorials, or take an online course to up your game.

Books

Get read(y).

Bouldering has proven benefits for mental well-being, reducing stress, anxiety, and depression. The focus and problem-solving required can be meditative and promote mindfulness.

How-tos

Step-by-step tutorials.

Articles

Further reading.

Websites

Go-tos for information.

Bouldering can be a social activity or a solo pursuit. Many gyms have vibrant communities, while outdoor locations offer opportunities for individual exploration and self-discovery.

Movies

Nothing like a film for inspiration.

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YouTube | Reel Rock 12 Official Trailer

FAQS

Get a clue.

What kind of fitness do I need for bouldering?

No prior experience or specific fitness level is required. Climbing gyms offer routes for all difficulty levels, and you’ll build strength and endurance as you go. Start slow and listen to your body.

Do I need special equipment for bouldering?

Climbing gyms usually rent shoes, chalk, and other essentials. Once you get hooked, you can invest in personal equipment for a more customized experience.

Is bouldering safe?

Bouldering gyms prioritize safety with padded floors and trained staff. Proper technique and following safety guidelines minimize risks. Start with easier routes and learn proper falls.

What should I wear for bouldering?

Comfortable, breathable clothing that allows for movement. Yoga pants or shorts and a T-shirt are usually fine. Avoid loose clothing that could snag on holds.

Is bouldering expensive?

Gym memberships vary, but day passes or intro packages are affordable options. Climbing shoes are the main investment, but rental options are available initially.

Can I boulder alone, or do I need friends to join?

Both work! Gyms offer social spaces, and many climbers are welcoming. But feel free to go solo and enjoy the challenge at your own pace.

What if I’m afraid of heights?

Bouldering walls are typically lower than regular climbing walls, and gyms emphasize safe falling techniques. You can start on lower sections and gradually build confidence.

Where can I find a bouldering gym?

Search for rock climbing gyms near you. Most gyms have a bouldering section. You can verify online or by contacting the gym before going.

Apps

Smart assistance.

Bouldering is an inclusive sport, welcoming people of all ages, genders, and fitness levels. Climbing gyms offer routes cater to various capabilities, allowing everyone to participate and progress at their own pace.

Products

Essentials to have.

Courses

Get smart.

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YouTube | Alex Honnold & Tommy Caldwell Teach Rock Climbing | Official Trailer | MasterClass
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YouTube Playlist | Climbing 101 || Techniques for beginners

Near You

Get together.

Studies show that bouldering can improve physical fitness, including strength, power, flexibility, and cardiovascular health. It’s a full-body workout that engages various muscle groups.

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Tips

Additional advice for beginners.