There are a few things you can do to help make outdoor bouldering safer, one of these things is having a spotter. A good spotter can make all the difference between sprained ankles and happy feet.
Crash mats help make the sport a lot safer but its still easy to injure yourself if you’re not careful. Just by being more aware of this possibility, and knowing about good mat placement, you can reduce the risk of injury as much as possible.
So, chalk is used in multiple sports to help you perform as best as possible. Chalk, or as it’s known by the science types “magnesium carbonate MgCO3” is great for all climbers, as it allows you to keep your hands dry as well as improve your grip on the rock or climbing hold. The problem […]
So your friend or family members birthday is coming up and you know they are pretty big into climbing bouldering or just really loves climbing trees.
The problem is you know nothing about the climbing but you still want to get them a great gift.
I have compiled a list of gifts that any climbers will be happy to receive, at the very least it should give you a couple of ideas for something your monkey spirited buddy might want.
If you are going to take climbing seriously you need what every good climber has:
A kickass chalk bag.
For those new to climbing, chalk bags are pretty self-explanatory.
During climbs, your hands can sometimes get clammy or sweaty which can lead to slipping on hold. You use the chalk to dry them out and make sure you can get as much friction as possible.
So, if your anything like me, you love talking, watching and thinking of anything climbing related.
We have all been there, right? A long slow day at work, hands itching to get back on the wall and climb something, anything.
Once you have seen some of the climbing Shangri la’s below you will wish you hadn’t.
They do however make perfect daydream material.
So you’ve have decided, laces are choice for you.
Who needs the struggle of the slip-on or a fight with Velcro.
Now the only thing remains is which pair to get? With so much choice out there, I have narrowed it down to 5 pairs that I wouldn’t recommend overlooking.
I have spent more time looking at climbing shoes than any other clothing item I wear.
With your shoes sometimes being the only thing keeping you on the wall, it’s worth spending a bit of extra time choosing the right pair.
So in my previous post, I have talked about the applications of climbing balms, along with how they can help with skin repair. You can read more about that here.
Since you now know why you should be using balms to look after your hands. I want to talk about which balms I think are better than the rest.
When you first start climbing it seems simple enough, climb from point A to point B and be strong enough to do so.
However, the more you indulge yourself in the sport, the more you come to realize strength isn’t everything.
You come to understand that techniques play a vital role when climbing efficiently and effectively, and controlling your center of gravity is just another technique to be mastered.
Grip is something that is at the core of all climbing. It might be tricky to gain but with a little help its much easier!
Slacklining can be a great supplement to your climbing regimen. Not only does it help your core and balance Its really fun!