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Thanks for the offer bigchris. We'll be going bouldering on our own me thinks coz that sounds easy enough, but might take up your offer about the climbing so you can show us the ropes (pun fully intended ;))

 

So this may sound like a strange/stupid question...but doesn't bouldering get boring very quickly? It sounds like you just climb up and down a bit and thats it? over very quickly?....or do u just keep challenging yourself with different routes?

 

I've found that the rope climbs are easier in comparison to bouldering. Therefore, for spice I like to do both. That said, there is a lot of scope for development as when you find yourself improving, you go onto harder routes etc. Never a dull moment!

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Go and try the bouldering, see how many routes you can manage and then see if you find it boring and easy!

 

First time you go you will struggle to complete one or two of the easy routes. Don't fool yourself that it sounds easy because you need less equipment. If I were you I would take up the offer of someone to show you around as it's not just about climbing up, technique is very important.

 

Rope climbing - I would strongly recommend doing a beginner course at the Edge or Foundry opposed to learning from someone you meet on the forum (no offence Chris :)) . Safety is extremely important there for yourself and others. If you don't tie your knots properly you could go plummeting down. The course will also include equipment hire and ensure you learn properly and are safe before let loose on the wall.

 

 

No offence taken. Quite happy to let you tag along for 'the ride' but I too would strongly suggest you do a course if you find it fun. Safety first and all that!

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thanks for all the info everyone....you guys rock! (pun fully intended again)

 

Now please excuse my ignorance, but what kind of technique are you talking about? Quite clearly I dont know much about bouldering/climbing and was wondering what techniques you could possible learn in order to climb something? Surely, if there is something to grab onto, thats all you need to hoist yourself up?...

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thanks for all the info everyone....you guys rock! (pun fully intended again)

 

Now please excuse my ignorance, but what kind of technique are you talking about? Quite clearly I dont know much about bouldering/climbing and was wondering what techniques you could possible learn in order to climb something? Surely, if there is something to grab onto, thats all you need to hoist yourself up?...

 

 

It's not about just hoisting yourself up. That is possible to use for some routes, but you will find it very limiting. It's about body position and problem solving. The routes aren't designed for hoisting, they are designed to be challenging.

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