Bouldering has exploded in popularity over the past few years, partly due to the introduction of climbing in the 2020 Olympics. And, here at Rock and Rapid Adventures, we’re all for it!
We recently opened up our very own brand new state-of-the-art bouldering centre, set over 400sqm of awesome arches, islands, slab routes, kids’ routes and much more! We also have our own specialist training room, featuring a famous 45-degree ‘woody’ for those who want to progress their skills even further.
If you’re searching for the ultimate indoor bouldering in Devon, you’re in the right place! Our state-of-the-art bouldering gym in Devon boasts over a thousand climbing holds from Euroholds, all regularly re-set to the highest of professional standards, in Font style, with a monthly comp circuit added in for good measure!
What is bouldering?
But what exactly IS bouldering? Put simply, bouldering is climbing at a lower level without ropes. However, there is much more to it than this – whilst bouldering is technically a stripped-back version of roped climbing, it actually requires its own unique technique to reach the highest level.
Bouldering is a fantastic sport for beginner climbers to get involved with, because it doesn’t require any specialist experience or equipment – you can just pop on a pair of rental climbing shoes and hit the walls! After a short induction session, you will have learnt all of the basic safety principles and techniques, and you can quickly begin developing your skills.
Many people will tell you that bouldering is more physically intensive than regular climbing, because you can’t rely on the tension of the rope and support from your belayer. This is true – bouldering routes tend to be ‘short and powerful’ – but this doesn’t mean they can’t also be technically challenging. You will find lots of different styles of climbing in the bouldering centre, from arm-intensive overhangs to ‘crimpy’ routes on slabs that require careful balance.
However, bouldering is also a mental sport. Without ropes, climbers are forced to slow down and consider carefully where and how to make their next move and bring together all of the elements from strength and foot placement to balance and speed to avoid falling.