You’re halfway up the boulder problem, pumped and not sure if you can make the next move. Your friends have made the move, as have some other boulders. Should you commit and risk a fall or just jump off now while you’re safe?
Bouldering, unlike rope climbing, is very social, with groups of friends and strangers each watching, and hopefully, providing support. The social setting of bouldering, along with a higher chance of physical injury due to landings, means the sport has unique challenges.
Such situations are typical in bouldering and we all struggle with it.
What’s the solution? Using a process for when and how to commit to the moves, how to use body tension, how to shift your mindset, plus other techniques to improve your bouldering.
How it Works
A main goal for this course is to help boulders make and commit to personal risk decisions (PRD).
What is a personal risk decision? The PRD are the physical and mental risks you are comfortable with, from what the landing zone looks like, to bouldering in front of a crowd, to making certain types of moves. In our experience, knowing your PRD is important to bouldering better.
This understanding begins with incremental falling practice, where you learn the skill of falling while bouldering and gradually work towards taking realistic bouldering falls.
Next, learn movement drills to help keep your attention in your body on challenging terrain.
Finally, you learn to make personal risk decisions based on your own falling experience and climbing ability, and implement new skills on problems around the gym.
Your Warrior’s Way instructor provides a supportive, open learning space. By alternating drills on the wall and group discussion time, everyone works through the material at their own pace and shares their experience to better understand the material.
You will leave with a better idea of what it looks like to move confidently on boulder problems and how to build on your experience to continue to improve yourself in the future.
What you’ll learn
- Defining the “fall line” on boulders to determine appropriate falls for you
- How to fall properly
- Using body tension, precise foot placements, breathing, and eyes to stay focused
- Using static, deadpoint, and dynamic moves
- How to get into the mindset to work a problem
- How to shift into a different mindset to send a problem
- Focus attention, diminish fear, and more
- At least 6 months of continuous bouldering experience within the last year
How to Register
Select the bouldering clinic you want to attend and then click the ‘signup’ button for that clinic.
Click the “Signup” button to register with the gym directly; you don’t register with us. Sometimes you will need to register over the phone or in-person if the host gym doesn’t offer online registration. We specify how to register on each individual course page.
Yes. Clinics are open to the public. If you are not a gym member, you may have to pay a non-member cost rather than the gym member cost.