Bouldering is one of the most accessible forms of rock climbing because it requires so little equipment, and it is widely recognised as one of the best ways to develop climbing strength and power. Bouldering routes are short and tough, and are referred to as problems because they are like three dimensional puzzles that often need time and effort to solve. Often undertaken in groups, bouldering is a very social climbing discipline because exponents remain in close proximity and are able to offer each other help and encouragement.
Bouldering can, in fact, be undertaken without any equipment at all, but in reality boulderers will choose to wear specially developed rock shoes with sticky rubber soles, use chalk to keep their hands free from moisture, and use crash pads to try and prevent injury in the event of a fall.
Bouldering sessions run for three hours, participants must have some basic climbing experience, developed either indoors or out, and should have their own rock shoes. Bouldering mats will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own should you have one.