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Bouldering for Beginners is a free, 42 page ebook that contains the basic information that every climber needs to know about bouldering. Packed with useful tips and tricks it has been written for anyone who

  • Is just starting to get into bouldering
  • Has done a bit of bouldering indoors at the wall and is keen to start bouldering outdoors on real rock.
  • Wants to develop a better understanding of movement and strategy.

Topics covered include:

  • Equipment
  • Staying Safe – spotting, falling and padding.
  • Movement – the basics of technique, general concepts, footwork.
  • Indoor Climbing
  • Starting Outdoors
  • A glossary to explain all those words you hear at the wall and pretend to understand

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The ebook is free to all, download it using the link below

boulderingForBeginners.pdf (7.8MB PDF file).

This ebook’s contents are abbreviated and excerpted from the print book Bouldering Essentials which runs to 192 pages and is packed with lots more information on the topics addressed in this ebook as well as many other slightly more advanced topics such as movement, dynamics, strategy, training and destinations.

The print book also contains over 200 stunning photos from the best bouldering areas in the world including Bishop, Castle Hill, Fontainebleau, Hueco Tanks and Rocklands. Bouldering Essentials provides the inspiration and information you need to reach your full potential as a boulderer.

So if you like the ebook you might consider buying Bouldering Essentials which contains loads more useful information about Bouldering.

Beginner wise Glendo is a good spot but I can’t help feel that the presence of other boulderers and problems sometimes derails their efforts to try stuff of the right level. Most of the other areas in Wicklow aren’t really suited to beginners, the only one that is I think is Carrigshouk, there are some nice, easy, low problems very close to the road. I climbed a few problems on the two white rocks right beside the parking and they are great. Plenty more like that. I think it might be worth giving a page or two to describe them, do you think people will bother to seek them out though or will they just head to glendo?

Alot of the posts are quite Wicklow-centric at the moment but thats just the way it is.

4 Responses

  1. As a newbie I guess I might say how I am getting on
    my first try at bouldering in Wicklow was with my newbie mate and we went to Annalecka because it had lots of 4s and that was what we where aiming for at the time. But when we got there it was like a pond with decorative rocks covered in water. This didn't make us rush back so maybe we are different but we looked at the guide and used it to decide what had the most problems in achievable grade. saying that we have not left glendo since then…. We are planning on visiting more areas but just have not got round to it yet, it might be Carrigshouk on next Monday for me
    I don't know if I would agree with you about climbing at the right level. my level is 4+/ 5 (on a good day) and trying the 6a at the scalp bbq taught me about body position i knew in my head but had not needed till then and that was only doing the first 4 moves

    Sort version- yes people will seek out

  2. Thanks Simon. Its important for people new to bouldering to get up some problems. Its probably not possible for the whole guide to cater for them so I think the least it can do is have a few specific sections for them. All the easier stuff in Carrigshouk is very near the road. I could send you on the topo when I have it done. I will need to make one more visit. In fact it would be good to meet up with you there. How about that?

  3. Simon I'm heading on Sunday will be there from 10ish. Send us an email flanagandavid atttt hotmailll dott commmm with your number if you are interested?

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