When you started learning Bouldering and went out for bouldering you had a guide along with you and other times you had your friends along with you, which means you had a company. But in this current pandemic situation, we bet that all your friends are not willing to go out for bouldering. Alas! You have no choice but to go alone for bouldering. Now comes the most important question and that is Can You Go For Bouldering Alone?
We say YES with a resounding YES! Bouldering can be done by yourself. Bouldering doesn’t require a partner, unlike climbing. It is also possible to climb by yourself even if you choose not to go bouldering. All you would need in this case is a climbing gym with automatic rappelling machines.
We have often seen and heard of many climbers who like to go to our local bouldering hall and train by themselves quite often. So, we were curious and asked them why are going bouldering alone? They replied and with the answers we concluded the following reasons:
The Thrill Of Meeting New People
Climbing with friends often means focusing less on those outside the group than you would on your own. Therefore, you’re missing out on the chance to meet lots of new people. Bouldering gyms are crowded with them,according to us.
Aside from the social aspect, there are other advantages to meeting and climbing with climbers you previously didn’t know. Every climber has their own technique, and it is more often with strangers that you really learn something.
You can certainly still get help from your Climbing Friend, e.g. by pointing out mistakes and suggesting the beta. It is often the suggestions of someone you have never met that are the most valuable.
By Being Alone, You Can Become Focused
Sometimes many of us bump into a nemesis bouldering problem. We spend all day trying to complete it, but we just can’t do it.
Yeah we know that it is quite frustrating!
So let’s give you a tip and that is whenever this happens set out to the bouldering gym the next day alone, to work on the problem undisturbed.
You can go and practice on the fingerboard in order to strengthen a particular muscle group required to solve the problem, or you can battle the windmills like Don Quichot until you reach the top.
Climbing alone is the best option in situations like this, because your friends may want to move on after a while, while you’re still obsessing over what’s the correct beta.
You Can Concentrate On Your Mind When You Boulder Alone
You quickly learn that climbing isn’t just about strength as you become a better climber. It takes more than strength and flawless technique to reach your goal. Thirdly, a successful bouldering experience requires a positive mindset.
When you climb alone, you can work on your mindset, something that is much harder when you climb with another person. While bouldering alone, you can cut out all the noise and engage in an epic Clash of the Titans with yourself, just as you would in the mountains. The greatest enemy we face is often ourselves.
When you are bouldering alone, and when you are climbing with someone or in a group, there is a time and place for each. Since bouldering is a ropeless activity, you can climb alone without fear of being hampered. If you prefer climbing by yourself instead of bouldering, look for a gym with an automated belaying system. No matter what, bouldering without comrades is entirely acceptable socially and can be quite enjoyable!
Frequently Asked Questions: ( FAQs)
How much does it cost to go bouldering?
It costs approximately $400 to boulder with all the necessary equipment and it also includes climbing shoes ($170 on average), chalk ($10 on average), chalk brush ($10), chalk bag ($15), and a climbing crash pad ($200 on average).
How to do bouldering?
To know how to do bouldering, you need to check this video.
Can you do bouldering on your own?
Yes you can do bouldering alone, to know how to do bouldering alone you need to have a look at this video.
How often should a beginner go bouldering?
It is recommended that novice climbers should do bouldering for at most three times a week – spread out the climbing days evenly so you don’t get tired. Beginners can have time to heal their muscles while getting used to a new type of exercise and workout that they are not accustomed to.
Is rock climbing an expensive sport?
No, rock climbing is not an expensive sport as such and to know more have a look at this article.
How much do climbing gyms make?
In a successful climbing gym, its members can number at least 1,000 and gross revenues can reach up to $650,000 per year, depending on its size. An owner of such a business can earn about $250,000 in gross profits before taxes after facility expenses and paying employees’ salaries.