The sport of bouldering

Bouldering is a sport within the overall category of rock-climbing. It features climbing without the use of ropes or harnesses, but at a smaller height than more extreme sports like free solo climbing.

What is a bouldering wall?

A bouldering wall is for climbing indoors on low height rocks and walls, and as a result does not use or require ropes or harnesses.

This type of wall is very popular for both beginners and experienced climbers because it is safe and yet can still provide a technical challenge. Bouldering climbs are traditionally not more than six metres tall.

You don’t need a climbing partner, equipment or much training – you can just grab a hold and explore the different climbs. Climbers can go as hard or as gentle as they like.

Most climbers use climbing shoes to help secure footholds, chalk to keep hands from becoming too sweaty or damp, and mats to prevent injury from falls.

The benefits of bouldering

The sport of bouldering is all about problem solving.  It is known to improve stamina, core strength and finger strength.

Most of the physical benefits are fairly obvious – however, there is a tremendously positive holistic impact on climbers’ well-being, particularly for young people.

Scientific studies on climbing suggest it builds confidence, problem solving skills, core strength, coordination, motor skills, trust and teamwork. It can be done by almost all ages as the climbs are easily set for a person’s skill level.

On top of all the individual benefits, climbing in a thriving centre like the Hub is a way of building community. As a great metaphor for life, climbers build their individual skills through experience, striving to better themselves as they work together through encouragement and mentoring.