I got into bouldering a few years ago when a former colleague persuaded me to join him at the Climbing Academy in Bristol. I enjoyed the climb but, if I'm honest, the three or four days of sore fingers put me off a little. The aching digits recovered though and I've since become hooked.
Bouldering, in a nutshell, is traditional climbing but up shorter heights and without ropes and other safety equipment. Whilst seemingly easier due to the lack of height, bouldering problems are technically difficult and have an emphasis on power. Indoor climbing walls have become more popular recently with many seeing bouldering as a fun alternative to pounding the treadmill in a gym.
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