Hey folks, what have you been up to these last months? It has been an amazing time for me with a lot of
I am afraid of height, I even hate crossing bridges sometimes and being in a crag in Cologne last year made me freak out, so you can imagine that it was not my dearest wish to try out bouldering. I have been climbing, with the harness and this kind of stuff, but I never really enjoyed it. Especially not the part about sitting back in the harness and coming down again. But when I heard that a friend of ours who suffers even more from vertigo than me is coming I felt like a wuss not to go too. We went to a great bouldering hall in
, a new, huge
one, with all kinds of problems (the path a climber takes is called a “problem”.
Fitting if you ask me. You can see the problems easily, they are all of one
colour.) The climbing walls were about four meters high and when you reached
the end of your path you could climb on top and just sit there or walk to an
easy ladder-like path to climb down again. I loved the hall, the people who
helped one another and how easy bouldering actually was for me. My legs and
feet are pretty strong from running, so the straight and
leaning-towards-the-wall kind of problems were cool to climb. Dortmund
After our experience in
Dortmund we searched for halls
nearby, and found a hall in Düsseldorf, which sadly is not nearly as impressive
as the new hall in .
It is a) much smaller and b) not as well equipped for beginners as the one in Dortmund . There are a lot
of problems including overhanging surfaces where you have to rely heavily on
the strength of your arms and shoulders. As mentioned above I have some work to
do in that area and was therefore kind of frustrated by the hall in Düsseldorf.
They have some interesting and challenging problems for beginners however and
we will definitely go again soon and maybe get some climbing shoes on our own. Maybe
we will even have the chance to try some Deep Water Solo, as the climbing water
is called in Dortmund Mallorca. Try it, and tell me
about your experience!
This video gives you a good impression of what bouldering is, much more impressive than a video of our feeble first moves: