What is Bouldering?
Climbing is a very natural activity just like walking, running and swimming. Bouldering is climbing in one of its purest forms without the hassle and complications of technical equipment. Bouldering is basically low level climbing with the protection of a mat, it allows you to climb freely and comfortably without the need for a climbing partner or the worry about their belaying ability. At a more advanced level, it allows you to work more powerfully than on a rope as generally “problems” are only a few moves long. However traverses are often incorporated into a bouldering area and allow for longer, more sustained climbing. At the Lakeland Climbing Centre we have a full range of bouldering problems, from short and very powerful to long, stamina test pieces, plus everything in between!
Our Bouldering Walls
1) The Marmot Loft - an extensive open plan bouldering area on the top floor with fantastic views of the fells and plenty of fresh air and daylight for the ultimate indoor bouldering experience. Includes 10m routing roof, Moon board, 30 degree steep board, the prow and a variety of other walls from 3.5 to 4.5m high,
2) The Green Room - a 4.5m high bouldering room with circuits for intermediates to expert boulderers,
3) The Den - a group use and family/beginner friendly bouldering room which also houses a 20m long traversing wall and 3 top rope lines,
4) The Training Room - a space dedicated to helping you become a fitter, stronger climber with woodies, campus board, finger boards and gym equipment to build cardio and core strength.
We set our bouldering walls with easily identifiable Fontainbleau-style circuits in grade bands to suit beginners through to elite boulderers.
"Kendal Wall has to be one of my all time favourite climbing centres. The sheer size of it allows for any climber no matter what level to enjoy themselves, there's now epic amounts of bouldering thanks to the new build just completed and they have some crazy high walls up to 24.5m!" As well as new circuits, a special addition to the new bouldering wall is the new “Routing Roof”. For those that don't know what that is, it's basically a 10-15m long board with a rising mat below it meaning there's no need for ropes! It's super steep at around 70 degrees I reckon and not only are there some awesome routes set on it up to 7b, but also, the circuit board situated right next to it has some awesome circuits graded up to 7c (soon to be an 8a/b) that can be linked easily into the routing roof creating potentially the best endurance training board I've ever seen! I set a figure of eight circuit graded at around f6b+ (30 moves) and if you link that into the easiest line on the routing roof, I reckon you'll get a nice 6c+/7a at 60+ moves!!!" Robbie Phillips, International Route Setter, robbiephillips.co.uk/blog – posted on UKC
New to Bouldering?
Bouldering is an increasingly popular climbing discipline and we are happy to show you the ropes. Or more accurately: Show you how to use the bouldering rooms and not the roped walls! Book a Bouldering Induction to get started as a boulderer. One session with our instructors and you can register as 'Bouldering Only' and visit the Centre unsupervised (17 year old+ only). Under 18's - contact us to check our current youth policy.
Climber not a Boulderer?
See yourself as a climber not a gymnast? Don't forget that Bouldering radically improves your climbing, it's a fact! Feel like your lack of power holds you back on those harder routes? Then take some time to fit a Bouldering session into your week and you'll be 'crushing' those holds!
You may sneer at the comment but climbers have been using bouldering as a means to get stronger for a very long time. In 1890 (yes 1890!) Oscar Eckenstein (brilliant British climber and engineer) organised possibly the first Bouldering Competition in Askole, a village in the Karakorum.
Here's a wise word of advice:
"An hour's practice will do more to get your climbing muscles in order than many of the recognised moderate courses. You put in twice as much work and that work is two or three times as difficult. It is extremely hard to convince some climbers of this. They must go off and do something big, and megalomania bears them away captive. Nevertheless, if one can do so, one will be more than repaid by Bouldering." Claude E. Benson 1909.