Indoor bouldering and wall climbing are rapidly growing sports that offer climbers of all levels a great workout, mental challenge, and opportunity to push themselves in a safe environment. Though often thought of as dangerous, with the proper safety precautions in place, indoor bouldering and wall climbing can be enjoyed by people of all ages. If you’re thinking of giving either sport a try, here’s what you need to know.
How does it compare to “real” rock climbing?
Rock climbing is a challenging and exhilarating sport that has been gaining popularity in recent years. For many climbers, the ultimate goal is to test their skills on real rock faces in majestic locations like the Alps or Yosemite National Park. However, indoor bouldering can also be a great way to stay in shape and hone your skills. In fact, indoor bouldering has several advantages over traditional rock climbing.
Advantages to starting close to home
For one thing, indoor bouldering gyms are typically located in urban areas, making them more convenient for busy climbers. Furthermore, indoor boulders are often taller and more challenging than their outdoor counterparts, providing a greater workout. Finally, indoor boulders are typically made of foam or plastic, which is softer and less likely to cause injury than real rock. As a result, indoor bouldering can be a great way to stay safe and fit while still enjoying the challenges of rock climbing.
A Brief History of Indoor Bouldering and Wall Climbing
The origins of indoor bouldering can be traced back to the late 19th century, when rock climbers began practicing their skills on wooden walls in gyms and other indoor spaces. Wall climbing, on the other hand, didn’t gain popularity until the 1970s, when routes began appearing in British university buildings. The first commercial wall climbing gym opened in Seattle in 1987, and since then, the sport has exploded in popularity around the world.
Benefits of Indoor Bouldering and Wall Climbing
There are many reasons why people love indoor bouldering and wall climbing. For one, it’s a great workout. Not only do you use virtually every muscle in your body when climbing, but you also get a great cardio workout from all the movement. Additionally, bouldering and climbing require problem-solving skills and strategic thinking, which can be a great mental workout. And finally, both sports offer climbers of all levels the opportunity to push themselves and improve their skills in a safe environment.
Dangers of Indoor Bouldering and Wall Climbing
Though often thought of as dangerous, indoor bouldering and wall climbing are actually relatively safe sports. The most common injury is a strain or sprain, usually to the wrist, ankle, or finger. Most injuries can be prevented by using proper safety equipment and following some simple safety guidelines. For example, always use a crash pad when bouldering, and never climb alone.
Getting Started with Indoor Bouldering and Wall Climbing
If you’re interested in trying indoor bouldering or wall climbing, the best way to get started is to find a local gym or climbing center. Many gyms offer beginner classes that will teach you the basics of the sport, including how to belay (manage the rope for another climber) and how to use safety equipment. Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can start exploring routes on your own or with friends.
What do I need to start indoor climbing?
The great thing about indoor climbing is that you don’t need much equipment to get started. All you really need is a pair of climbing shoes and a chalk bag (to keep your hands dry). If you’re going to be belaying (managing the rope for another climber), you’ll also need a harness. Most gyms will have all the necessary equipment for rent or purchase.
What clothes should I wear for indoor climbing and bouldering?
When it comes to bouldering, the key is to dress for comfort and mobility. avoid baggy clothes that can get caught on holds, and opt for form-fitting items that won’t restrict your movement. Breathable fabrics are also a must, as you’ll be working up a sweat as you climb. As for shoes, choose a pair with a good grip and support. Remember, the goal is to have fun while staying safe, so dress accordingly!
Whether you’re looking for a great workout, a mental challenge, or just a new hobby, indoor bouldering and wall climbing are great options. With a little practice, anyone can enjoy these safe and exciting sports.
Our love for the sport mixes with Art!
At Custom Creative, we love this sport. We are passionate about it and love to take part as much as possible. We love it so much, we created our own Nice Jugs Climbing t-shirt, which is a fun play on words. It just so happens that the industry name for a “climbing hold” is a “jug”. You can read up about it more on wikipedia.
More on this funny word
The word “jugs” is a slang term for hands, so “climbing jugs” refers to the use of one’s hands while climbing. This term is often used by climbers when discussing difficult routes or boulder problems. Jugging is also a term used in rock climbing, caving, and mountaineering. It generally refers to the act of ascending a rope that has been fixed in place, typically using a mechanical device such as a Jumar or Grigri.
Jugging is a thing in climbing
While jugging can be done solo, it is more commonly done as part of a team, with one member belaying from below while the other jugged up the rope. Jugging can be an efficient way to ascend a fixed line, but it can also be strenuous and dangerous, so it is important to be well-versed in the technique before attempting it.
The term “jugs” is a kind of slang
The term “climbing jugs” is a bit of a misnomer. Jugs, ofteno referred to as “handholds,” are actually just one type of grip that climbers use to ascend a wall or rock face. While they are certainly an important part of climbing, they are not the only grip available.
Climbers also use footholds, edges, pockets, and cracks to make their way up a route. The term “jugs” likely came about because they are one of the easiest grips to hold onto, making them ideal for beginner climbers.
However, even experienced climbers often rely on jugs when they need a rest or when the terrain becomes more difficult. No matter your skill level, though, it’s important to remember that climbing jugs are just one tool in your arsenal – and that there’s no shame in using them.
In any case, indoor bouldering is a great way to stay active and have fun. It is great exercise. It helps improve problem solving skills. It can be social. Bouldering is also a good way to relieve stress.
Indoor bouldering is a great activity for all kinds of people for all sorts of reasons. If you’re looking for a new and exciting way to get in shape, boost your problem solving skills, or just relax after a long day, give indoor bouldering a try!
Learn more about our passion for sports by reading our introduction on Rickson Gracie.