Bouldering for rookies
Get a grip on the newest sport hitting the Olympic roster
It’s climb time. WH shows you the ropes
If you’re keen to give your brain as much of a workout as your body, then bouldering is the sport for you. Set to make its debut at the 2020 Olympics, it’s basically rock climbing sans rope – but don’t let that scare you out of giving it a go. The climbs are shorter in height (4m max at indoor gyms) and length, giving you an intense and explosive workout for your upper body, core and legs. But there’s also a crash pad beneath you, so you’ll have somewhere cushiony to land (or fall on your arse).
To get across the boulder, there’s a path to follow called a ‘problem’. And similar to the way you’d call in the girls to solve the dramas in your love life, you’ll have a crew to help you work through your bouldering dilemmas (albeit without the aid of cocktails). As for gear, you can hire shoes and chalk at an indoor climbing gym, which is the best place for bouldering rookies to start. Got all that? Good. Over to Kim
Kamo, lead coach for the Sport Climbing Australia team, to give you a leg up.