The health benefits of bouldering

Bouldering is rock climbing stripped back. There are no ropes or harnesses, just a wall with a safety mat below. The challenge is to climb short but tricky bouldering “problems” (a route, or sequence of moves) using balance, technique, strength, and your brain. The climbs are high enough to be exciting, but not so high that they’re hugely intimidating. Using safety mats means that the risks of falling off can be managed, and leaving the ropes behind means that you are free to concentrate on the climbing, not the equipment.  Continue reading