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u/The_Bacon_Bandit · 3 pointsr/bouldering

There's lots of things to remember, but your main concern will (obviously) be what happens if you fall. So you need to know how to control a fall but more importantly you and your buddies need to know how to spot and have the equipment to do it effectively.

If I were you, my first port of call would be the staff at your bouldering gym. Chances are, they are experienced climbers outside as well as in. They should be able to give you good first hand advice on bouldering outdoors and answer any of your questions. My gym even hires out bouldering mats.

You might also want to check out this article. It's got some genuinely good advice. The only other thing I would say is take it easy when you go first time. Climbing outside is obviously different to inside, but you might be surprised how much. On plastic I can do most 7b/7c grades, but you can knock a whole number off that sometimes when outside. Rock can also be a bit of a shock on your hands. The first time I climbed outside was on gritstone and it literally tore my fingertips off. I was cleaning blood off the rock at one point. So yeah, take it easy and buy some climb on.

Most important thing though - enjoy yaself!

u/JulianGee · 2 pointsr/bouldering

Thanks for the Kind words. Been only climbing for about 2 1/2 years. I am pretty sure you will get some v6s done in the future aswell :)


edit: watched some of the videos you posted. You seem to be pretty strong but i assume you just started climbing recently?

I recommend you buy this book from john kettle "Rock climbing technique"

spend some time on climbing problems as efficient as possible and get down every move super clean. don´t rush it. be aware of every foot and hand position and try to make every move as perfect and stable as possible. bouldering is not speed climbing :)

u/rubiks19 · 2 pointsr/bouldering

Warm weather beta for Fontainebleau?

Hi All, I'm super excited to have the chance to go to font for a few days next week. I've never been before and have been told "everything's great" whenever I ask which bits to go and see, which is really exciting but also super daunting because there's far too much stuff to be covered by one guidebook. I have this: but even just looking in there there's literally no way to choose!

Does anyone have any recommendations for: a) places which are particularly well-shaded (it's going to be ridiculously hot) b) specific climbs in the low-mid 6s which you just don't think anyone should miss? c) Specific circuits which tend to be shady and interesting (and probably don't go above 6c)

I'm really exciting and sure I'm going to have a great time regardless, and I have no expectations about breaking into new grades given the weather, but any recommendations just for "somewhere to start" would be hugely appreciated! Thank you!

u/theoryof · 1 pointr/bouldering

Hmm, not sure how to describe all the techniques that you could be using, I would actually recommend reading a book or watching some videos on climbing techniques. Going from V0 to V1 is where things like turning your hips in and engaging your core really start mattering. It's actually harder to learn proper technique on V0 because a lot of the times you can get through them without proper technique. Try to work harder problems with someone who has good form, and try to get at least 2 or 3 moves at a time. If you can't do a pull-up yet, I would work on getting in at least 1 pull-up with proper form as well. One trick I found useful to get the "feel" of a move is hovering over the next hold with my hand before grabbing on to it. If you can reach for the next hold and hover over it for 2~3 seconds, it means you have established a proper base with your feet. Not always possible, but generally you want to be in balance so you conserve energy. Hope that helped, I mostly just climbed with other better climbers and wasn't shy about asking for technique tips, most were very willing to share beta and give me feedback. Good Luck!

u/MasterDefenestrator · 3 pointsr/bouldering

You definitely have to get on High Plains Drifter (V7) in the Buttermilks. It's a classic V7 test-piece. The crux is a bit high off the deck so it's nice to have another party there to combine pads.

In the Happies, hit up the Hulk (V6). It's the only 4-star (out of 4 possible) boulder in the Happies according to the Bishop Bouldering Guide (that guide book is awesome; I'd recommend picking one up if you go).

If you want to pick up a cheap V10, hit up Cocktail Sauce in the Buttermilks. It's said to go around V7-8, and I'm inclined to agree that the grade's a bit soft.

Pow pow (V8) in the Sads is a super fun body-tensiony, sloper climb.

Fly Boy (sit) (V8) is a pretty classic V8 in the Buttermilks. This one you definitely need to hit up when there's a lot of people around to pad up the large-ish rock hanging out in the fall zone.

Here's a Top 100 list you might find useful:

u/MTC36 · 1 pointr/bouldering

It's very easy to get disheartened at first with others seemingly gliding up the wall. Try to remember that they have probably been climbing a very long time and quite regularly too. Instead try to look how they are climbing and improve your own technique, see if you can try those methods on easier problems or just straight up ask them "How did you do that?? I've been stuck there for so long!", I've found climbers are generally super friendly to approach and very eager to help eachother out with a problem. See if you can find a group of people to do a problem with, you'll be able to do it faster as they'll have a different way of thinking of doing it which may suit you better and it will be much more fun! (I've often found just a simple twist or drop knee will allow me to get past that crux that just wouldn't have occurred to me alone)

Another thing, if you do only the VB's first, get them nailed down, so you know how to do them efficiently. This way you'll learn valuable techniques that will be crucial for those pesky V0's and V1's and soon they'll be a thing of the past.

Take your time, talk to others, have a look at this book, get a chalk bag, have fun

u/Newtothisredditbiz · 6 pointsr/bouldering

You looked pretty casual climbing that thing, like it took no effort at all. Nice job.

I also like the fact you're focused on things you can control — your activity level and what you eat — and not on things you can't control, like the numbers on the scale.

As for diet, I recently read Always Hungry? by Harvard obesity researcher David Ludwig.

If your goal is sustainable weight loss, I highly recommend the book. It's virtually impossible to sustain a restrictive diet if you're eating the wrong things. Specifically, highly processed carbs and sugars trigger a cascade of biochemical reactions in your body which result in slower metabolism, more stored calories, and greater appetite.

Here is the author, speaking to the New York Times:

>It’s the low fat, very high carbohydrate diet that we’ve been eating for the last 40 years, which raises levels of the hormone insulin and programs fat cells to go into calorie storage overdrive. I like to think of insulin as the ultimate fat cell fertilizer.


>Simply cutting back on calories as we’ve been told actually makes the situation worse. When we cut back on calories, our body responds by increasing hunger and slowing metabolism. It responds in an effort to save calories. And that makes weight loss progressively more and more difficult on a standard low calorie diet. It creates a battle between mind and metabolism that we’re doomed to lose.


>We think of obesity as a state of excess, but it’s really more akin to a state of starvation. If the fat cells are storing too many calories, the brain doesn’t have access to enough to make sure that metabolism runs properly. So the brain makes us hungry in an attempt to solve that problem, and we overeat and feel better temporarily. But if the fat cells continue to take in too many calories, then we get stuck in this never-ending cycle of overeating and weight gain. The problem isn’t that there are too many calories in the fat cells, it’s that there’s too few in the bloodstream, and cutting back on calories can’t work.


I've changed my eating habits based loosely on recommendations in the book: cut out sugar and refined carbs, eat more fats. I eat more protein than recommended because of how much training I'm doing. I eat lots of fish, eggs, cheese, nuts, vegetables, and fruits. I'm down about 10 pounds since November and I'm stronger. I'm can do one-arm pull-ups again, and am breaking personal records on my hangboarding and campus-board training.

The best part of the "diet" is that my portion sizes are down dramatically and I like what I eat, yet I don't feel hungry all the time. I don't count calories or macros.

If you want to count calories, that's fine, but it's a lot easier to stick to that calorie goal if you're not eating poorly.

u/CasualFriday11 · 1 pointr/bouldering
  1. Pick up a can of Climb On. SKINourishment climbOn Bar 1 oz - Original
    After you shower or wash your hands, disinfect any hangers and apply this stuff. Also apply before bed. It helps the skin to heal.

  2. Watch this video on how to tape a hanger: typically after I tape up, I move to the vertical wall and try to climb things with good crimps instead of jugs, just to give the tear a break.

  3. Blisters: disinfect a needle, disinfect the skin (I stole some alcohol pads from the first aid kit at work). Poke a hole going from the edge of the blister through to the middle of it. Drain the fluid into a tissue. Disinfect the skin again. Let that heal up.

  4. Sanding down calluses to avoid hangers: I picked up a sanding block yesterday, coarse grade. I sanded a callus before it started. Eventually it tore but it wasn't a bleeding gash, I was actually able to keep climbing on it after I taped it. That's my only feedback, only tried this once.

    From what I read, everyone does things differently, so I'd experiment with all of these. After 3 weeks of climbing, my skin seems to have toughened up enough to where I'm not tearing/bleeding after every session. It sucks, but the best thing you can do is take 2 days off to heal if you've got a bleeder. On those days I'd work out legs or abs just to make sure I did something.

    Have fun! I'm learning along with you!
u/AlfalfaOneOne · 1 pointr/bouldering

On Your Toes bactericide works great. I've used regular foot powders and the like. On Your Toes is far superior. It doesn't last six months, like the label says (I think that's more meant for low-use shoes). For $15...DEFINITELY worth a try if you're on the fence.

u/gumbykid · 1 pointr/bouldering

Can you give an example of hand strengtheners?

If you're talking about stuff like this, there isn't much information because they aren't as effective as other methods. I have this exact one and honestly it's more of a warm up than a strengthener. Hangboards and climbing are much more effective for grip training. Advice? Climbing will give train your grip better, but these can be used as warm ups.

> many from using the system boards/campus rungs

Most hand injuries I see are from hangboarding and climbing too many crimpy problems. Campus boards are relatively hard to injure your hands on unless you are full crimping or accidentally smash your finger against it. Are you referencing something else?

u/edson92129 · -1 pointsr/bouldering

Pinching power is a really specific thing to train at the beginner level. Something like barbell holds might be better - giving you that forearm burn. Also finger strength - get the item in the link below.

For overall athleticism, do cardio (running, biking, hiking, whatever). And do core, either TRX or hanging leg raises.

u/TheSame_Mistaketwice · 3 pointsr/bouldering

For your first time and at the level 7a, any guidebook that has decent directions to the sectors will be fine, for example, Fontainebleau Climbs.

I've been there many times, and still almost never use a guidebook except for finding the parking and blocs. Most of the time, you can just wander around the sectors and find amazing things to climb at just about any level. It's also more fun (for me) to climb without knowing the grades.

u/JayPlay69 · 3 pointsr/bouldering

9 Out of 10 Climbers Make the Same Mistakes by Dave MacLeod gives a good overview of common bad habits/practices a lot of climbers make, and how to avoid them.

It's a good book for gaining a bit more overall awareness of how best to approach getting better at climbing, rather than just throwing yourself at harder and harder climbs until you can do them.

He also has a second book called Make or Break, which is centred around common climbing related injuries and how to avoid them (or recover from them).

u/elcheapo · 2 pointsr/bouldering

Check out Better Bouldering by John "Vermin" Sherman (The V in bouldering difficulty grades is for Vermin, he created it).

Here's a video with him showing how to prepare for a highball.

The basics of crashpads:

  • make sure the landing area is flat, so you don't land unevenly or roll an ankle.
  • leave no gaps in between pads.

    If you're in the US, Organic pads are some of the best you can get. They are really well built and last long. Other than that, it's about your preferred size / thickness. All common brand pads are ok, if you plan to boulder with other people and just contribute your pad to the stack you don't necessarily need a huge one.
u/kram115 · 1 pointr/bouldering

I used to get a lot of finger injuries. I read on some pro climber's blog that they use one of these to warm up. He would just squeeze it the whole way while driving to the gym. I started doing this and my fingers have been feeling much better.

u/killaudio · 11 pointsr/bouldering

Hi. I highly recommend you to check out "Rook Climbing Technique". It covers skill exercises to do during your warm up (or throughout your session) to develop precisely what you're asking. The book comes with a YouTube channel with examples on how to correctly do each exercise.

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u/SparkingtonIII · 2 pointsr/bouldering

I got these Mini Moso Natural Air Purifying Bags.

They are essentially the same thing (bamboo charcoal) without the essential oils (add a few drops if it's necessary) or the hefty price.

They've made a huge difference. My shoes smell a lot less, and more importantly, my bag no longer stinks like hell. I no longer fear putting other clothing in it. I still occasionally spray the insides of my shoes with cheap unflavored vodka, but these mini moso things have made a huge difference.

Oh, FYI the riveted hole isn't big enough for a biner. I just tied them together with loop of spare cord.

u/brokenview · 3 pointsr/bouldering

Personally I have something similar to the flexEx on my desk at work - this. I do not feel like it helps with my grip strength but working with it is good for injury prevention and rehabbing finger injures.

u/sushidrew · 1 pointr/bouldering

Thanks for your feedback! I just checked out this and I'll post some results here! I don't normally have stinky feet, but it's only after climbing where I always have to hit the shower immediately.

u/jcarlson08 · 3 pointsr/bouldering

You can find it online:

Rhino skin tip juice is more widely available in the US (and cheaper) and has the same active ingredient (methanamine):

u/LibreAnon · 2 pointsr/bouldering

I just got one of these for Christmas, which reduce finger-related injuries if you use it. Other climbers that I've talked to at my gym tape their joints, which makes it more difficult for joints to get pulled.

u/ccwilcox · 2 pointsr/bouldering

My brother uses one of these things
And I use the kind that looks like a doughnut.. couldn’t find a good link but I bought it at my climbing gyms little store. I keep it at my desk and start squeezing it when thinking through a problem or stressing out

u/CliffordAlgebra · 2 pointsr/bouldering

None of the maintenance solutions I'm about to suggest to you work with an already super stinky pair in my experience but this is okay! As far as I know Ocun doesn't have any leather shoes so you should be fine taking the nuclear option and scrubbing the inside with rubbing alcohol. While I don't know the particular chemical make up Ocun uses for their rubber, many rubbers lose elasticity through prolonged exposure to alcohol so don't do this every day.

The general recommendations I see are either [Boot Bananas] ( or Mini Moso's (I use these).

As for the stink being particular to your brand, well I don't know it to be notably stinky but certainly synthetics tend to hold stink far more than leather does. If you're willing to deal with the stretching issues for sizing you might consider making your next pair leather.