How to Improve Bouldering Technique
Want to learn how to improve bouldering technique? Bouldering is a hard, but fun, way to build muscles and strength train for larger climbs. Bouldering is a free style type of rock climbing that is enjoyed all over the world. The best techniques required will be learned along the way. As every climber is different, the way you climb will also be different, but the following tips remain the same for everyone.
- Rating system. Knowing the bouldering rating system will help a climber know which routes will be best for their level of climbing. In the U.S. the rating system starts at the easiest, which is V-0. The hardest is the V-16. The grading system is not completely accurate, but meant to let other climbers know which routes are harder or easier.
- Practice. Bouldering requires a lot of strength in order to improve, unlike aid climbing where gear can be relied upon. Rotate the different styles of climbing to keep all of the muscles in shape, but focus on bouldering as a main style.
- Shoes. The best shoes are the ones the climber is most comfortable with. It may take many different tries to find the right pair, but climbing in the wrong pair is not worth the unnecessary pain. Climbing shoes have a special kind of rubber on them specifically designed to stick to the rock.
- Exercise. Other types of exercise are good for climbers. Just climbing all the time does not give the muscles of the body a full range of motion. Though rock climbing works out most of the muscles in the body, it is not a great way to stretch them out and keep them fully flexible. Rock climbing requires a lot of muscle tension, so bike riding, yoga and running are other good exercises to compliment climbing.
- Safety. Safety is the most important part of any sport. Always be aware of your surroundings as well as other climbers. Take a chalk bag to keep your hands dry, climbers tape to keep knuckles from ripping open and a crash pad to help break any unfortunate falls.