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Q&A Earliest in the year one could deep water solo in Majorca?

I'm planning to go deep water soloing in Majorca as soon as weather conditions will allow it, I don't mind cold water as long as it's reasonably warm outside (~20°C). Since I'll probably be travel...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Alberto Zaccagni‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Historical data about rock climbing / bouldering ascents

I am always interested in the history of rock climbing. Lately, I tried to collect data about male and female first ascents to visualize progression in rock climbing over time (I have a small blog ...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Arne‭

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Q&A How do I get my fingers and toes warm before rock climbing at cold temperatures?

I've had now a couple of days when going rock climbing while the temperatures are below the general comfort zone (meaning below 6 °C/ 43 °F). When starting to climb, my fingers got cold rather fas...

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by user4120010‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What to look for in climbing shoes?

Having just completed my Boulding induction at a local rock climbing gym, what requirements should I look for in a pair of my own climbing shoes? Assume here cost is not a primary factor.

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Aravona‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why go without socks with climbing shoes?

I've been going climbing (indoor bouldering) for about six months, using shoes I rented at the gym, and wearing socks (and everything was fine). I've recently got a pair of climbing shoes, and want...

6 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Eyal‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to progress to harder graded problems?

I've only just started bouldering, and we have been using the easiest to grades VB-V1. I find V1 are moderately challenging but the next step up, V2, I just entirely struggle with. What can I do to...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Aravona‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

Question training bouldering
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Q&A How to heal a flapper quickly

I've noticed when climbing and bouldering I have a tendency to get occasional flappers on my palm. A flapper being a callus or blister that has peeled back and hangs on like a flap of skin. I trim ...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by BKlassen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I improve my footwork while rock-climbing?

When I'm rock climbing, I feel like I've got hand holds down as far as where to grab on and understand that the hands are mainly for balance. However, I can't seem to figure out my feet. There are ...

2 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by GorrillaMcD‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why is it bad to use your whole foot in rock climbing

I was reading: “The larger the foot-holds, the more beginners tend to put as much of their shoes onto them. Instead, also when the foot-hold offers more space, we must still use only the forefo...

9 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by frogeyedpeas‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Climbing barefoot/in toe-shoes?

I recently went bouldering for the first time and liked it a lot. One thing I wondered about are the climbing shoes. The mostly form your feet to a very firm, compact package. So the following ques...

6 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Paul Paulsen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What does 'right-to-left' mean when describing bouldering problems?

I'm relatively new to the world of rock climbing, having been bouldering at a gym for a few months. I'm planning on checking out a natural bouldering area (that is, one made of real naturally occur...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by indigochild‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Chalk: pure, plus drying agent, liquid?

Having only used pure chalk without added substances so far, I wondered how the other types perform. Most of the information I could find online is either somebody ranting against a certain type, o...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by David‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Techniques for handling pumped arms?

I love rock climbing and I try to go to my local gym and boulder as often as possible (usually 2-3 times a week). But it's really hard for me to climb for any extended period of time because my arm...

9 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by James‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Shoe sizes for bouldering

When I first started (indoor) bouldering, I wasn't quite sure if I was ready to commit to it, so I went and bought a pair of shoes in the sale that were relatively cheap (or at least cheaper than c...

4 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Jarede‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are the advantages of being short when climbing?

My girlfriend often complains that a route or boulder was created for tall climbers. In my experience that sometimes is true: I easily get a hold, she has to jump. However, Lynn Hill proved that a ...

9 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Jon‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to progress in rock climbing after grades v4 / 5.11+?

I am wondering what is the best way to progress from being a consistent V4 and on-sight/redpoint 5.11 climber? I seem to have hit a plateau in my progression and it is super frustrating. Indoors, ...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Ice76‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What can I do to help relieve joint pain in fingers after climbing?

After I've been climbing for a while, my finger joints are very sore. Is there anything I can do to relieve that pain?

7 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Reverend Gonzo‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Climbing outdoors makes the skin of my palm red and sensitive

I mostly climb at a rock climbing gym, and I can climb for hours until my forearms run out of gas. However, when I climb outdoors, usually the reason I have to stop is because the skin of my palm...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by user3667089‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to tape torn skin to continue climbing?

I have got this annoying issue when bouldering: a sheared callus on the small finger: I would like to tape this and continue climbing (with extra caution). I am not an expert in taping, and any ...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by anatolyg‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are common climbing techniques for strongly overhanging walls and roofs?

What are common climbing techniques for strongly overhanging walls and roofs? In order to avoid a strength oriented climbing style and focus on technique.

4 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Jon‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the minimum grade of the routes set in the IFSC world cups?

I was recently watching the IFSC world cup held in Meiringen. One of the interesting observations that came across (made by the commentators) in the semis was that the routes were much easier for a...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Ricketyship‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Origin of the "bell curve" for rock climbing route setting

When learning how to set climbing routes on artificial walls, setters are often told to set route difficulties according to a "bell curve". An example of this is mentioned on this page. What is...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Yly‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What everyday tasks can be adapted in a way that helps build muscles and technique for bouldering?

(This is related to "What hand and finger exercises help with climbing?" but asking for what can be done when not climbing/training.) Like most climbers, I don't get to do as much as I'd like, and...

4 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Peter Boughton‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Bouldering vs aid climbing vs free climbing vs free solo climbing

What re the differences between these 4 styles of rock climbing? Bouldering Aid Climbing Free Climbing Free solo climbing

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are there any concrete techniques for down climbing?

I mostly boulder and I don't like to jump down from the top of the route, because my ankles/knees/back feels weird when landing. However, when I climb down sometimes my arms feel even more tired th...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by user3667089‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do I know if I've made a "first ascent"?

Last night I was walking the dog near area where I climb a lot. Above the quarry where most of the climbing happens there is a really nice natural short crag. Looking at this crag I thought there w...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to land when jumping off a bouldering problem to minimize injury potential?

A recent question made me wonder: A while ago, there was a nice route in the local bouldering gym with a rather high crux. The repeated jumping-off lead to minor knee pain for a few days. Now, ther...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by anderas‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

Question safety bouldering
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Q&A Are there ways to make the skin on my fingers last longer while climbing/bouldering?

My main problem when bouldering and sometimes while climbing is, that after some time the skin/flesh of my middle and lower phalanges start to hurt and the skin comes off so further climbing become...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Gistiv‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are my climbing shoes worth repairing?

I'm fairly new to climbing, I've been climbing just over a year. This is my first pair of shoes. I've worn the soles down, and wondering whether this kind of wear can be repaired or not, or if I s...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by eidylon‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What kind of technique is required for bouldering outdoors?

I've been bouldering in rock climbing gyms for a while and am able to send V2~V3s. I've never bouldered outdoors before and I wonder what are the differences, and are there any outdoor specific tec...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by user3667089‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to find climbing shoes for toe and heel hooks?

How can I choose the right climbing shoes especially for toe and heel hooking? More specifically: I have been using very comfortable beginner shoes for the last two years. When I started to advanc...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by Jon‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What features to consider when buying a bouldering slipper?

I've been using the same Evolv shoes for bouldering that I bought for top-roping. It seems like they're worn enough to start considering a new pair of shoes. Since I'm doing bouldering almost exclu...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Don Branson‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Correct breathing while bouldering

I seem to often catch myself holding my breath during a difficult crux, which seems quite bad really. On the other hand, sometimes I actively breathe fast and deep repeatedly before starting a dif...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by fgysin reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A With what specific techniques are various bouldering grades associated?

Some I've noticed: V0 – hanging by one's arms; shifting weight for balance; pushing with one's legs V1 – pinching, edging V2 – laybacking, pockets, backstepping, flagging V3 – 'more strength'? ...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Kenny Evitt‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Bouldering, improving and getting up grades

I have been climbing (lead-climbing/top-roping/bouldering) for less than a year now but after quickly improving for the first couple of months I have now reached a "plateau" as they say and I don't...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by SkyTalentz‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How high is too high for a spotter while spotting a climber?

What height should a climber consider safe on a boulder such that in case of a fall her/his spotter can guide her/him fall to safely land on feet? Here, safety is for both of them, and not just th...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by WedaPashi‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

Question safety bouldering
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Q&A How long does it generally take to stop feeling climber's elbow?

I've been climbing 1-2 times / week (usually once) for about a month. After each time I climb, I feel joint pain in my elbows. From my understanding, this is likely Tennis Elbow. Slowly but surely...

0 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by DIMMSum‭

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Q&A What are ways to reduce swinging momentum when climbing?

I'm working on a problem in bouldering where the swinging of my feet take the grip away from my fingers and throw me off. Specifically, I am in a bat-hang, and need to reach an edge hold about 3.5...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Andrew Cheong‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are there artificial climbing holds that feel like granite?

I have experience in climbing limestone and sandstone. These rocks feel rough - you get much traction (especially with sandstone) and can use it to your advantage when climbing. I think the feelin...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by anatolyg‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to learn route setting?

I started setting routes in the small bouldering gym of our climbing club. I'm basically learning by doing this, so my approach is basically to try to think of some interesting moves, put up the ho...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by anderas‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How much does an overhang add to the difficulty of a problem?

I am in the process of building a Moonboard or basically a home climbing wall which is used for bouldering training. However, because I am not a fan of overhangs, I have built it vertically (the bu...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Beta Decay‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Safety precautions for a spotter for his/her own safety

What are the measures to take to ensure the safety of the person who is spotting a climber?

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by WedaPashi‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

Question safety bouldering
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Q&A How do I prevent myself from getting pumped when climbing?

Usually when I climb I take plenty of rest between attempts however, yesterday I decided that I wanted to test myself and climb 25 problems at my local gym. I chose problems that were below my leve...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Dzhao‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A When do you need compensation training for bouldering?

Not only, but mainly while bouldering you are likely to push hard moves and strain your body onesided. As a consequence you can pain your muscles, ribbons or tendons. But... How do I know if the ...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Wills‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A Bouldering beside the freeway

Hello I have a question that I ask myself every morning when I commute to work. I live New England and I take the I-95 south from New Hampshire to Massachusetts every weekday. During my commute I d...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Dzhao‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to "spot" someone who is bouldering?

We have discussed a lot and at length about how to climb and other climbing techniques. I haven't come across a single post that talks about Spotting techniques. What are the duties of a Spotter?...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by WedaPashi‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I practice Climbing without the actual wall and/or equipment?

I had never been a gifted kind of a climber being more fascinated by Backpacking than Rock Climbing. Its been almost 2 years that I did some genuine climbing. And, I am planning to resume it very s...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by WedaPashi‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do you grade a bouldering problem?

How would someone grade a bouldering problem they've created? What would one have to look out for when grading? When bouldering, does a highball mean a more difficult grading?

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Beta Decay‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do you get better at static climbing?

Being in control of your body and making controlled movements is a skill I can't seem to get down. Are there any good ways to practice this or any workouts that can contribute to helping me build u...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Peter Conti‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A "Used" top rope when bouldering

My friend and I often boulder around my home instead of driving to the local area, and when attempting some more challenging features, such as overhangs and slightly taller cliffs, we would feel be...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Liam McInroy‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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