Training for Bouldering

In short, campusing is scaling a ladder- like board without using your feet. After all, bouldering as a whole is a bunch of fancy pull ups, so it makes sense that one form of training for it is just a slightly different take on that very common exercise. The added bonus to campusing is that it is done with a very limited amount of grip- able surface, simultaneously building finger strength and upper body strength. As such, it’s not uncommon for climbing gyms to have a few different campusing boards, all with varying degrees of gripability (it’s quite possible I’m manufacturing this word. If it didn’t exist before this article, it does now.) It probably goes without saying that a climber should spend a little time on the easiest ladder before progressing to the more challenging ones.

As with any other workout program, do the following before getting started:

  • Stretch and warmup: Allot the first 20- 30 minutes of a session to focused stretching, followed by low difficulty (or at least a couple grades below your climbing ability) traversing or a couple simple problems. As you probably already know, this is to acclimate your muscles to increased blood flow and to increase elasticity.
  • It’s common for a climber to reinforce the base of his/her fingers with climbing tape before campusing, too, so now would be the time for it. Usually, two or three wraps at the base of each finger (except the thumb), about a half inch wide is sufficient. There are plenty of articles written by trained professionals on taping technique, I recommend checking out a few to see what appeals to you.
  • Start slow, as mentioned. Progress from the easier to whatever difficulty grade you can handle, just to get a feel for where you need to focus. But throughout the whole exercise, pay attention to your joints. If you experience pain (not to be confused with fatigue or simple discomfort), then STOP.
  • Once you’ve warmed up, simply ascend the board as if you were climbing a ladder. Alternating left hand, right hand, one after another. As long as you are maintaining control and performing the exercise cleanly, this should quickly become a demanding workout. Keep in mind also that 5 clean repetitions will be more rewarding (i.e. make you stronger) than 15- 20 sloppy repetitions.
  • On the descent focus on maintaining control as much as possible, refusing to let gravity make it easy.

Climb A Waterfall With A Child

There is a mile long (not mile high!) waterfall on a mountain not far from our house that I have climbed several times now. The biggest dangers are slipping and falling (15 feet in some places), getting a deep cut on sharp rock, and, remotely, getting bit by a poisonous viper (they like the water).

I decided though that it really wasn’t so dangerous and to go ahead and climb it with my eight year old son. We wore shorts and t-shirts and coral reef shoes that provide excellent traction and remain light and flexible in water. We wore rough leather biking gloves and helmets. The helmets weren’t very comfortable but prudent and the gloves are fingerless and worked perfectly. There was no need for hooks or ropes and I read up on the viper beforehand in case of a bite. My son hiked ahead of me, and he was light enough that should he slip I would have been able to catch him. In the very worst scenario I would have broken his fall. Everything went smooth. The water was gorgeous and we had a blast.

I received a lot of criticism from many quarters for taking him on this adventure, but I also received a lot of respect from my son for providing him with the challenge. Personally, I never apologize for nature or it’s beauty, and while I see the need to calculate risk, I also realize that there is some danger involved in every single thing you do on any corner of this earth. I am only too happy to share with my children the wonders and joy of nature; their school sure won’t.

Info of Climbing Skills

Hands Skills: We use our hands to climb are making the body upward and closing to the rock. There are many kinds of rock fulcrum, usually more than 50. Climbers must familiar with these fulcrum shapes. And know how to seize these different fulcrums. Also we must know how to use our power or strength, according to the position and direction on the outstanding. We know there are many methods, such as digging, kneading, pulling, dragging, tyring, and holding. We have many kinds of methods to the same fulcrum. The strength of fingers is very important. We can exercise through pull-ups, hang pull-ups, knead weight. Now some excellent players can use only one finger to pull-ups. If so one hand can have a rest in a long climb routes, because you can use only one hand to climb.

Feet Skills: Feet skills request the use of your feet action, including the trample point, convert skills. The aims of convert feet are keeping our body balanced and decreasing our hands burden. For example, we convert to our left foot from right. First, you can lift your left foot upper your right, shaft turning clockwise but your weight is on your right foot. Then you should touch the rock from upper and trample. Sparing your right foot and let your weight on your left foot. Certainly you should wear a pair of vibram five fingers shoes to avoid slippery. I think these kind shoes are best choice.

Abnormal actions: There are some special actions when climbing, such as grasping on solid fulcrum to pull-ups, using steps, crack or other terrain to move your body with palm and forearm, making your body on the rock, grasping rock to move your body, using the forepaws inside or toe thrust, reduce the upper body support the burden. and so on. This step requests a high quality shoes. I introduce vibram five fingers classic. They are suitable. Anyhow, allow yourself to climb higher and more stability can be regarded as the most effective climbing skills.

Specific practice: Some daily exercise or specific training can promote oneself climbing ability improvement. For example, pull-ups can increase the strength of our arms and fingers. Adhere to skip can exercise flexibility and compatibility. Table tennis training is beneficial in judgment and insight. While swimming can strengthen Lung function and increase body strength and endurance.”

Pack a Backpack Correctly

  • Get the heavy stuff as close to your body as is possible. This last summer we saw some guys heading up The Beaten Path with heavily loaded internal frame packs. One guy had a large item clipped to the very back of his pack. As they loaded up their packs, the guy very nearly tipped over backwards!
  • Put heavy stuff up high and again as close to your body as possible. It sounds a bit weird, but the heavy stuff should go high up – unless you know you will be rock climbing. The higher up it goes, the more centered you can get it over your hips. Look at the natives in African countries – they carry large, heavy baskets on their heads. This puts the weight straight down on their spine, allowing them to keep their back straight and the load balanced. Others carry two large buckets on a pole across their shoulders – again, the weight is forward and mostly over their spine and hence their hips.
  • Balance the pack. I always seem to struggle getting the weight well balanced. If you put the tent in one side, separate the poles and put them on the other side. If you can’t find something to balance out the weight of the tent, put the tent roll and poles across the top of the pack after everything else is inside. Balance is ultra important. Nothing is worse than having a lopsided pack.
  • Utilize space. It is amazing at how much stuff you can get in a pack if you use your head. If you have a pot or container that will be used for cooking, fill it with something before you stuff it in. This is just plain common sense.
  • Leave clothing and other deformable items until last. They can be stuffed into space left in the pack after everything else is in.
  • Add items that you will need to get to periodically in outside pockets or clipped to your shoulder straps. Things like drinking cup, canteen, pepper spray, compass, map, etc. should be readily available so you don’t have to dig around in the pack if you are taking a 5 minute water break.
  • Put things that don’t get hurt by moisture (and are light weight) on the outside of the pack. I usually add my two sleeping pads (yes, I am getting old) to the top and very back of the pack. These are foam pads and if they get wet, oh well, I can wipe them off before throwing them into the tent.

A Technical Ice Tool

For this reason it is important you have a good tool which grips onto the slippery surface of the ice for you. In this article I will discuss 3 things you should know about an ice tool for technical climbing:

  • The Shaft of technical tools are shorter and normally have a slight curve. This helps with the grip and makes the axe stick into the ice better. The length of most technical ice tools is around 50cm and they are made with a light but strong alloy or carbon material. The strength rating of a technical ice axes shaft should be T rated.
  • Hammer/Adze: The head of a technical ice climbing tool is made up of a hammer or adze at the back and a pick at the front. When climbing ice it is beneficial to have both types of tool. The hammer can be used to hit pitons into the ice and the Adze can be used for cutting steps into the ice.
  • The Pick of a technical tool comes in a different range of styles. Reverse positive picks are recommended for climbing ice because of their ability to hook into it easier. With this type of pick you can make the axe stick with the flick of a wrist. This is useful for when you need to be close to the climbing surface on a vertical climb.

Climbing Mt Pulag

Once you get to the rangers station you’ll just be given a short seminar and after paying some fees you’re good to go.

The climb itself isn’t overly difficult if you properly pace yourself. It can be hard to breath in the beginning because of the altitude but as long as you don’t push yourself too hard, you should be able to adjust.

For fast climbers, the trek to the camping area will only take around 3 hours. The trail to the camp will take you through 3 area, the pine forest, the mossy forest, and the grass lands.

You should have been assigned guides when after the seminar at the rangers station so be sure to follow their advice and let them know if you’re having any problems. The guides are locals and they can make the trek several times a day. They cover the distance in about half the time most other people do.

You’ll also get the option to hire porters if you feel that you’re not up to carrying your gear up the mountain. Believe me when I say that having no bag to carry makes the climb substantially easier. So if you didn’t train for the climb, it might be best to just leave your stuff.

The Camping Area

The camping area at Mt Pulag is at the grassy area of the trail. It’s actually at the end of the mossy forest, just a couple of meters away from the drinkable spring water.

The camp is almost always full because the mountain is such a popular climb. So try to look for a place where you and your group can set up camp that isn’t too far from the improvised comfort rooms that they have up there. If you can find one, look for a clearing that’s shielded from the wind by a hill.

The wind is really cold up there and you’re going to feel it even if you’re wearing layered clothing. A wind-breaker is really important there. You can also use trash bags as wind breakers if you weren’t able to bring one.

The Assault

Most people who go to Mt Pulag sleep overnight at the camp. Then they trek the last stretch for 2 hours really early so they can be at the summit just in time for sunrise.

This part is probably the easiest because the ground is easy to walk on. The place is hilly but there are no overly steep parts except at the end.

And that ends the climb. Once you get to the top, just wait for the sun to rise and be sure to bring a camera. You’re going to want to take lots of pictures.

Rock Climbing During Pregnancy

  • Climb top rope only– You don’t want to risk taking falls at lead. The stress on your body is minimal and most of it is only in the butt.
  • Stop if something hurts- A good general rule of pregnancy is to stop any activity if you feel pain. Then ask your doctor about it before you continue.
  • Full body harness- A full body harness is recommended as it will give you the most support and will be the most comfortable. If the harness starts to dig into your sides or become uncomfortable, then it’s a good time to quit.
  • Relaxin will loosen you up- Keep in mind that the hormone relaxin will cause your tendons and ligaments to loosen and prepare for delivery. The closer you get to your due date, the more susceptible you may be to injury. In subsequent pregnancies, you may feel this looseness earlier in the pregnancy.
  • Balance and strength are affected- In pregnancy, your balance will be affected and your center of gravity will shift. Your strength can also be affected while pregnant so keep this in mind while climbing. You may need to make adjustments.
  • Never climb alone- While it is recommended that you never climb alone anyway, this is especially true when you are pregnant. If you did fall or run into some type of trouble, there would be no one else around to help you.

Alison Osius, an editor at Climbing magazine climbed into the eight month of each of her pregnancies. She had two, healthy 8-pound babies. While every pregnancy is different, there is a good chance that you will still be comfortable climbing in yours.

You should consider using an indoor climbing gym that is climate controlled, especially if you live in extreme temperatures and also as you get farther along because there will be a bathroom nearby. When the baby and your growing uterus start pressing on your bladder, combined with the harness and ropes, you will probably find you need to urinate more often. A gym also provides a more controlled environment in case something does go wrong. There will be help and a phone nearby.

Rock climbing during pregnancy with your doctor’s OK can be a great way to stay in shape, release stress and enjoy some time doing something you love while you await your new bundle of joy.

Ways to Improve Climbing Performance

A better climbing buddy

Having a good rock climber with good climbing technique as a partner has many advantages. By simply watching them climb a wall, you can find out a great deal: watch the way they use footwork, watch when and where they takes rest breaks and attempt to replicate their technique. Also request your buddy watch you climb and analyse your technique. This is certainly a beneficial exercise as you may not appreciate a number of the things you are doing wrong, nor where you can develop. I generally prefer to have a climbing partner who has better climbing technique than me, it forces me to improve and produces a higher performance level from me.

Strengthen your grip

Despite the fact that improving upon rock climbing techniques is essential to bettering your performance, you’ll find that you also must have good strength and grip. There are a selection of techniques to strengthen your grip and fingers. Two products I favor are the power ball that concentrates on your lower arm and wrist muscles which consequently enhances your grip and the gripmaster that focuses on your fingers.

Lose weight

Whilst rock climbing, we are fighting against gravity. The heavier we are, the more difficult it will be to climb up the wall. It may sound totally obvious, but shedding some surplus weight will make a significant difference to your ability. Be aware, if you are pretty trim already, it is considerably more beneficial to focus on bettering your rock climbing techniques than losing a few more pounds in weight.

Take time to warm up

It’s going to take a longer time for your hands and feet to warm up than your arms and legs. Without warming up properly, you risk getting the dreaded pump quickly which no climbing techniques can reverse – your session is effectively finished. Instead, ease your muscles in by beginning on extremely simple routes or problems. Also, you should rest in between routes, and devote 30-45 minutes on warming up prior to you attempting harder routes. This can be annoying, however, it does work!

Camp Stove

Carrying Capacity

When going on a trip, especially to cook at, say, a family event, buyers will often consider just how much weight they, personally, will have to haul around and this pertains to the size and weight of the stove. If a stove begins to weigh past a few pounds, it is probably too heavy for a casual trip on foot. The burners available will come with fuel cartridges and should be sufficient for the casual camper.

Activating the Stove

It is not unusual for burners to come with an easy method of ignition. Buttons are usually integrated in the system to make camping easy, but cautious campers often times bring a set of matches in case this method begins to fail. So long as there is a fuel source and a way to ignite it, the stove should be functional so it is not necessary to replace the stove if only the button refuses to work on it’s own after much use.

Recommended Fuel

Propane, Butane and Isobutane canister fuel are all very easy to use. If the ignition is still functioning after repetitive use, all that needs to be done with these fuel sources is to push the button and watch it flame. There are, however, some disadvantages to using these fuels. If the weather is below freezing, it may not work properly and trying to cook a meal on the last remains of fuel in the tank can take a long time. While they last, they are excellent fuel sources. Keep in mind these products can be highly dangerous if the canisters which hold them are not properly disposed of and thus caution should be taken in doing this.

Liquid Fuel

Another option for fuel is liquid fuel. Not so affected by weather and holding easily a steady, hot flame, they can make cooking very easy and relaxing but there is also a disadvantage. These fuels tend to cost a lot more than the aforementioned options, and it is up to the separate buyers whether the advantages tip the balance in its favor.


Mountaineering is a very popular pass time for many people. It provides an opportunity to get out into the wild outdoors and experience Mother Nature at its finest. This type of exercise will give you the stamina to walk for long hours at a time and provide you with stealth like abilities to reach even the most difficult of summits. What most people don’t realise about mountaineering is the fact that in most cases it requires little more than just walking. It is not a fast paced exercise but rather one that will require a lot of stamina. Treks can be as little as 1 hour to 6 hours depending on what mountain you choose to climb. Some treks can even continue through the night on the way to the camp site. In some cases you may be required to manoeuvre around difficult obstructions to continue on your path, but it is not the same as having to scale a mountains face. The paths are safe and continue on a steady incline until you reach the summit or camp site. By taking on this sport you will be able to explore nature while building up your endurance and strength.

It is not only a sport that teaches you about exercise but also one that helps you to learn about yourself. Some people have said that climbing mountains gives you the opportunity to reflect on your everyday life. Helping you to achieve clarity on certain situations. In most cases it is not safe nor advisable to climb a mountain on your own. While being within a group you will have personal time while being able to learn about comradery. Even the most energetic person can struggle to reach the summits before them. You will learn how to help them get through the pain and possible mental block, while both enjoying an experience that you will never forget. Team work is very important especially when you choose to conquer some of the highest mountains in the world. While climbing you will find that you are learning skills that will truly enrich your life. There is always an end goal, you cannot stop, you have to continue or choose to turn back. Therefore it is a great test of your character, you will either push through and reach the top, or turn back in defeat. You will soon find that you have far more strength within yourself than you ever thought possible and will not give up on the challenge when you begin mountaineering.