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Mar 18, 2016
So I've just bought my first pair of climbing shoes and a crash pad. I have 0 climbing experience but have already started tinkering around on some boulders. I live in a very rural area and there are no gyms or established Boulder problems near by. I have found plenty of good boulders to climb but none of them have been climbed before. What is the best way for someone in my situation to learn how to Boulder (or learn any form of climbing for that matter)? Thus far I have just been obsessively reading or watching anything related to climbing that can be found surfin the world wide Web. Any better ideas? Boulderutah
Joined Mar 18, 2016
74 points
Mar 19, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Spur
Just like, have fun man. sean.haynes
Joined Aug 1, 2015
99 points
Mar 19, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Rogue
Climbing is more fun than reading.. Do that instead. dahigdon
From phoenix, Az
Joined Jan 5, 2015
199 points
Mar 19, 2016
I am definitely climbing and loving it... I guess Im asking for any tips on the best way to teach myself how to climb Boulderutah
Joined Mar 18, 2016
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Mar 19, 2016
Boulderutah wrote:
I am definitely climbing and loving it... I guess Im asking for any tips on the best way to teach myself how to climb
Boldering IS practice for climbing. Just have fun. And if a problem seems too easy, just skip the holds that make it that way. Ive turned plent of 5.6 routes into 5.10 by saying "that crack to the left is off limits" Also, find a partner, they'll help you keep pushing hard.
Avalon'cha
From your girlfriend's bedroom
Joined Aug 30, 2013
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Mar 19, 2016
Avalon'cha wrote:
Boldering IS practice for climbing.

Wrong.
Nivel Egres
From New York, NY
Joined Dec 10, 2014
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Mar 19, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Acquisition of Knowledge
Boulderutah wrote:
I am definitely climbing and loving it... I guess Im asking for any tips on the best way to teach myself how to climb


Sounds like you're doing just fine. When you find something that's too hard but that you can make a little progress on, call it a project and keep going back to it. The things you can climb, keep climbing, and try to make them smoother. Try skipping holds by using dynamic movement. Try making static moves, slow smooth and controlled. Try using the smallest foot holds you can. Just keep it fun, and know when to call it a day and come back another time, or move on to a different problem.
Mathias
From Loveland, CO
Joined Jun 4, 2014
313 points
Mar 19, 2016
Great advice! Thanks. Just needed a little confirmation haha Boulderutah
Joined Mar 18, 2016
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Mar 19, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Tough Mantle Problem.  Haven't sent yet...
If the boulders are actually good to climb they've probably been climbed. Rob Gordon
From Hollywood, CA
Joined Feb 2, 2009
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Mar 19, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: The Nightmare..FA Sword of Damocles . Things of Be...
Nivel Egres wrote:
Wrong.
Well a few years back it was.. Now its pretend climbing ...or for those who cannot afford a rope !
Rock Climbing Photo: Photo 1890 right up to about 1965 or even later .....
Photo 1890 right up to about 1965 or even later .. playing on boulders was something to do when it was raining or fun near a camp site .. no grades etc .These guys are in nailed boots as was the footwear in those days right into the 1950's (in UK) Odd climbs up to about 5.9 was done in these boots (not many!)
USBRIT
From Keswick Cumbria.UK
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Mar 19, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Tough Mantle Problem.  Haven't sent yet...
You just started climbing but are sure of them being an undiscovered crag? In a climbing Mecca like Utah? Okay... Kudos.

Edit: Oh wait different guy. Who doesn't know the boulders in question. Im just gonna exit this conversation.
Rob Gordon
From Hollywood, CA
Joined Feb 2, 2009
139 points
Mar 23, 2016
"pretend climbing" or not... I don't really care! It's how enjoyable it is that matters to me, not someone else's opinion. Boulderutah
Joined Mar 18, 2016
74 points
Mar 23, 2016
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The best way to learn is climb, climb,climb,climb and sometimes climb... Enjoy man get strong fearless and motivated, this is about it. Walter Galli
From Sint Maarten
Joined Sep 2, 2015
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Mar 23, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Me
USBRIT wrote:
Well a few years back it was.. Now its pretend climbing ...or for those who cannot afford a rope !

First of all awsome picture, and yes I agree with you practice on hard Boulder and then do the real shit,, I mean the climbing..
Walter Galli
From Sint Maarten
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Mar 23, 2016
Walter Galli wrote:
practice on hard Boulder and then

you gonna want to do harder boulders :)
Nivel Egres
From New York, NY
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Mar 24, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Me
And then do the real climbing, Walter Galli
From Sint Maarten
Joined Sep 2, 2015
1,487 points
Mar 24, 2016
Boulderutah wrote:
"pretend climbing" or not... I don't really care! It's how enjoyable it is that matters to me, not someone else's opinion.


Daw.. the little boulderer got upset that the real climbers were picking on him... :'(
crakatoa
From Boulder,Co
Joined May 5, 2014
31 points
Mar 24, 2016
What part of Utah are you from? I just moved to Ogden about a month ago and there's a fantastic boulder field at the end of 27th street. It'll keep you busy for quite awhile. climberboy
Joined Mar 10, 2015
8 points
Mar 24, 2016
People who claim bouldering "isn't real climbing" are either just salty some shirtless beanie wearing dudebro stole their girlfriend or are just old wannabe hardmen telling stories about how "back in my day we climbed with swami belts and hemp ropes" lol

In all seriousness though, I don't really get this whole idea that bouldering isn't real climbing. Yes, it used to be something people did to practice for longer climbs, but its its own discipline now with different focuses. Also, if you hate on bouldering so much, maybe don't read posts in the bouldering subforum lol

As for the OP, sean.hayes summed up my feelings pretty well. If you're looking for tips on technique or training, youtube has some great videos on technique tips you can look on there. As for training tips, the training subforum here is good, as well as sites like trainingforclimbing.com or trainingbeta.com
Quinn Baker
Joined Mar 2, 2016
0 points
Mar 24, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Me
Chillax Backer... I love bouldering i just start longer routes because i belive is An evolving process , but we are joking sometimes don't take everything bad, and sometimes listen to old stories is part of the game, there is climbers in this site that have a lot to teach to everyone, so we got to respect the old wolfs.... Walter Galli
From Sint Maarten
Joined Sep 2, 2015
1,487 points
Mar 24, 2016
Walter Galli wrote:
Chillax Backer... I love bouldering i just start longer routes because i belive is An evolving process , but we are joking sometimes don't take everything bad, and sometimes listen to old stories is part of the game, there is climbers in this site that have a lot to teach to everyone, so we got to respect the old wolfs....


Was kidding about the first part, if that wasnt obvious lol. I have nothing against old guys with stories. Stories are great and offer good learning opportunities for sure.
Quinn Baker
Joined Mar 2, 2016
0 points
Mar 24, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Me
Al good Backer, just want to say that almost everyone start bouldering as a first approach to climbing, and then there is Evolution so you want be happy anymore at one point just doing boulders and I can't wait to see that happen, like most of the best climbers on in the world they all move to bigger walls, and a advice I can give you to evolve step away from the comfort zone and challenge yourself every time you approach a climb, this is how I evolve in my climbing a lot in no time,,, cheers,,,, Walter Galli
From Sint Maarten
Joined Sep 2, 2015
1,487 points
Mar 24, 2016
I'm down in Richfield Ut. Finding tons of great places to climb. Headed up to Joes soon! Boulderutah
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