Scott and I went bouldering for the first time today! Bouldering is always something I’ve wanted to try and my brother was telling me about this spot about an hour away from us so we knew we had to go. Bouldering is essentially rock climbing on walls that are shorter with bends and boulder shapes jutting out of them. It’s supposed to mimic actual outdoor rock climbing and you climb without a harness. Sounds terrifying but is SO FUN!
When we got there we had to do a quick crash course on how to fall properly (should it come to that) and then we were good to go. There are small walls, tall walls, and different “routes” that are colour coated and ranked for difficulty. The first time I climbed up one of the higher walls I was absolutely terrified. You hit a point where you realize you’ve gone too far to fall comfortably and just hang on with all your might and make it to the top. This particular wall you could climb up and on top of (called “topping off”) and then use a slide to get back down. I loved this because it saved my poor arms from having to carry me back down the wall.
We were there for a bout an hour and a half before my arms were too tired to haul me up even the simplest of routes. I actually felt gutted that we had to leave because I was having so much fun. I will 100% be back to play again and hear they are actually opening a place in my city, which I’m thrilled about! You should for sure give bouldering a try. If you’re in Ontario Canada (specifically the GTA area) I’d like to give a shout out to the Hub in Markham for being awesome. Go there for sure!