29 Mar My climbing progression after 2 months of bouldering
It has been 2 months since I’ve started bouldering. My climbing progression since day 1 hasn’t been unnoticed. Not only physical, but also mentally! When I started out I didn’t climb higher than 2 meters because I was too scared to go any higher. Next to being scared all the time, I didn’t have the strength to keep me on the wall most of the time.
Climbing and dealing with my fear of heights
So I’ve been told that many climbers fear bouldering more because you can actually fall down without a rope (and belayer) catching you. I on the other hand have more problems with climbing on a wall because of the heights and the fear that the rope, harness or whatever won’t hold me. I really don’t like the idea of falling off such a high wall!
When I went bouldering for the first time I didn’t hit any top. I didn’t even climb higher than 2 meters. The second time I completed 2 or 3 problems. Scared, but I did it anyway. The third time I completed even more and so on. Just one week ago I topped the highest boulder they have in grade 5. That is the only one I still find a bit sketchy, which is a BIG improvement. I can honestly say that bouldering is helping me to get over (some) fear of heights.
Many people have asked me to go climbing on a wall. I was really hesitant to go at first. It wasn’t until I’d met a really cool guy in our boulder gym that I decided to take him up on his offer to take me climbing. So last week we did meet up in the climbing hall. I was dizzy and stressed out off my mind, but I did set my mind on climbing and so I did. It took 3 tries before I actually climbed to the top on grade 3 at 10 meters. Each time I got a little bit higher. After a long break I climbed a grade 5 in 2 tries. I was still scared out of my mind, but I liked the fact that you could keep climbing instead of being done in less than half a minute.
Indoor climbing versus bouldering
I do like bouldering a lot more. It’s more like a strategic puzzle to me, because you have way less options. I also like that you can do it solo. I’m more of a people person but I do love to be independent too. I will however go for a climbing class to be able to belay and climb freely on the wall. I think it will help me with my fear of heights a lot and I do love to switch up my bouldering hobby from time to time.
So I’ve mentioned that I’m coping with my fear of heights a lot better than before I started bouldering. Next to not being scared all the time I also became more confident in my own abilities. I remember skipping most problems because I was not strong enough, not tall enough or because I simply couldn’t do it. In only 2 months I look at a problem and I just go for it. I won’t solve it every time, but at least I’m trying now. Sometimes I even surprise myself when I flash a 5B!
In 2 months I’ve become a lot stronger. My grip has improved and my arms and shoulders are getting toned. I feel fit almost all the time and even my stamina has improved. My balance has been improving also which is a big plus. I still need to get used to more dynamic problems, speed and jumps aren’t really my thing, but I know that I just need to set my mind on it and it’ll be fine too. Let’s go and do just that!