Wow, i’m finding muscles I had forgotten were there!
24 hours ago, I went bouldering at The Warehouse climbing centre, in Gloucester. It a very good facility and it also offers a range of vertical climbing areas, for use with fixed ropes and free climbing. There’s also a kids area + cafe and bar, with pool table.
Bouldering is a style of rock climbing where you climb around a room without a rope, where there are lots of holds to use, with thick crash mats on the floor. The idea isn’t about going up, but mainly around, practising the techniques used in more advanced rock climbing.
Practising techniques doesn’t sound to strenuous but bloody hell, it was a good work out! We were in there about an hour and after that, there was no way I could have done another route, my fingers had nothing left in them.
So, what parts of me hurt? Well, it’s mainly my upper back, just below the shoulder blades, and stomach muscles. My arms are generally buzzing but not quite aching. Shoulders are tight but ok. I thought my fingers would be bad but they seem fine. My achilles tendon also seems to be aching slightly, probably due to being tensed so much.
I also hired some proper climbing shoes, which fit tightly around the foot. These really helped get good holds on the surfaces and i’ve been doing a bit of tinternet research into getting some, rather than paying £2.50 each time.
So, the best deal i’ve found so far is from Go Outdoors, with an amazing 68% off some Montrail Orbit shoes, for £18.97 (original price was £60). The best shoes i’ve found with some really good reviews are the La Sportiva Miura VS, from Banana Fingers, which come in at £97 (down from £102.49). These are out of my price range but look amazing! The shoes I hired last night were La Sportiva and had excellent triple Velcro straps, which helped to mould the shoe around the foot.
Bouldering was brilliant and can’t wait to go again next week!