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Bucket List Idea : Try Bouldering

If you've ever wanted to try rock climbing, I'd recommend to start with  bouldering. Bouldering is an excellent way to introduce beginners to rock climbing. It requires minimal equipment, it’s safe and there isn’t the distraction of ropework or fear of heights.

Bouldering is climbing without a rope on boulders, cliffs or indoor climbing walls where a fall is unlikely to result in injury.

The definition of bouldering is broad, as bouldering can mean different things to different people. It can be about pushing limits and climbing hard, getting outdoors with friends and having fun, discovering new problems or training for route climbing.

If you're a hard core hiker/backpacker, chances are, you've already done some type of "scrambling" which , often, is considered to be Level I in bouldering.

Rock climbing is often incorrectly perceived as an activity that requires massive strength, but movement skills, creativity and imagination are just as, if not more, important. And that's where bouldering can help.

Later in your climbing career if you move on to other forms of climbing, the movement skills you have learnt while bouldering will stand to you.

Bouldering is a great way to advance one’s climbing ability without concern for equipment, climbing partners or even specific routes. A climber can, through bouldering, work on developing strength, technique, endurance, and memory.

Before, I heard many "hard-core climbers" referring to bouldering as "not real climbing". Even Yvon Chouinard ( "the original dirt-bag" of climbing and surfing ,and the founder of Patagonia company ) said in one the interviews that bouldering and sport climbing are not real forms of climbing, for they lack risk.

May be so. But what appeals to me is its simplicity : all you need to get started in bouldering is a pair of shoes, a chalk bag, and ... a boulder. Another reason for me to give it a try is that I wouldn't have to rely on anybody but myself. Though, they say that bouldering is a very social sort, I can see how it can be done by people like me who don't like the social aspect of the outdoors.

Another great reason for me to take up bouldering was that it's a great workout ! In these busy times bouldering is ideal for a ‘quick hit‘ of climbing. It’s a good use of limited free time, even an hour of bouldering is enough to get a workout !

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