New to climbing? Want to get some exercise and pushing yourself to new limits? There has never been a better time to get into rock climbing, more specifically bouldering. Bouldering is simply climbing on "boulders", any rock or man-made structure, indoor or out that is not large enough to justify using rope or a harness, usually less than 6 meters, or 20 feet high.
It is the fastest growing part of climbing thanks partly by the boom in indoor climbing gyms opening around the country but also all you need are a pair of climbing shoes, some chalk and a crash mat to soften the falls. Often shorter and trickier than traditional climbing, it offers a greater freedom of movement as you are not restricted by a harness or rope and you can either do it in groups as a social event or on your own if you want to work on your technique. Either way, you are in for a lot of fun and a great full body workout. With different graded routes ranging from beginner to advanced on the same walls indoors, there is something for everyone and always room for improvement to make yourself better. Very rarely are novices able to join in with the best of the best and still enjoy themselves.
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