What I wish I'd known when I started bouldering | 8 tips for beginners

8 tips for bouldering beginners, from someone who’s made all the bouldering mistakes in the book.


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  1. clazzamatazz on October 24, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    Great video! Would love to see more content on bouldering tips 🙂

  2. Jenn Sends on October 24, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    omg patiently waiting for this to drop!!!!

  3. elie520 on October 24, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    Climbing stuff that’s "too hard" is so good imo, if and only if you actually try hard. Because it’s a situation in which you have nothing to lose, everything to win, and the adrenaline rush is so intense when you start thinking "wait, maybe I can actually do that?!".
    The last piece of advice I would give is "don’t be afraid to climb routes that are _supposed_ to be easier". I know I’ve sometimes avoided climbing routes that I thought I should flash, when I was not confident enough I would do it. Because it’s the other way around this time: you think that you can only "lose" in this situation. The fact is that avoiding easier routes also means avoiding your weaknesses and taking the grade too much at heart. Both those things should eb avoided 🙂

  4. Park Butterworth on October 24, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    Out here tryin to learn about bouldering and my boys in the brook and the bluff are providing the backing track to this video. Haha! This is fantastic

  5. Vultura Majeral on October 24, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    i hate how mainstream my sport is, but
    nice video

  6. Wadger Catcher on October 24, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    Agree with all the points. I’ve gone in and out of bouldering but shoes is a good point as I still use 5 tens I’ve had for probably 10 years or so. Also yeah warm up fingers after a pulley injury!

  7. Matt Kemper on October 24, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    Can you give some tips to taking care of your fingers? What are some things we should be making sure to do?

  8. Ada on October 24, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    Thank you! I’ve been bouldering for 2 months and your tips are really helpful! Greetings from Germany 🙂

  9. chris ciardi on October 24, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    Well said, love the accent 🙂 very helpful tips too

  10. TheWateringWiz on October 24, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    Love the tips and really can’t agree more with the “try harder boulders”.

    I consistently try boulders that are way harder than what I can climb when one seems fun and it always ends up paying off.

    Even if you can only do two or three moves, you’re still practicing hard stuff and your muscles and your technique will only grow. And who knows, you might end up doing it because this boulder was just right for you !

  11. Jacob Eccles on October 24, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    My friend always says "youre not learning if you aren’t falling"

  12. chris jewell on October 24, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    Great advice! You should do a video with tips on how to approach/take on boulder problems that seem like they are out of your grade range

  13. Tom De Cock on October 24, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    Hannah, thank you for the tips. 10:10 is 10/10 😀

  14. Elizabeth Morris on October 24, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    Good interesting video Hannah. I love the little touches of humour too. Xxx

  15. Simon Johnston on October 24, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    I agree with trying stuff that’s too hard, and it’s not necessarily even a waste of time. I was trying a climb above my grade with a big deadpoint I just couldn’t get, but I was definitely trying hard enough to get good training stimulus climbing up to that point

  16. ON SKILL on October 24, 2020 at 5:01 pm


  17. Hannah Danciger on October 24, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    Thanks for the tips!! I have never thought about taking care of my fingers.. I will start caring right now! Greetings from a brazilian climber! ♡
    Ps: I would like to know more about your experiences outdoor! And about fear of falling 🙂

  18. Boulder Bros on October 24, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    Nice video! I just got a minor finger injury so those first few tips were pretty relevant for me

  19. jeremy litten on October 24, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    How does one warm up their fingers?

  20. Joey C on October 24, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    I am starting out so i thought i would do as many climbing routes in a Saturday once a week to figure out weaknesses and work on those at the gym each week ready for the next climb. First time last Saturday failed to get arm pump so did as many routes as poss one after another no stopping until the fingers said enough instead. Stopped before blisters, just about…
    Hydration is good, plus chalk as a lot of people i see not using it. I use it like coolant 🙂 and for dry hands.
    Would be interested in shoe fit you like to go for and if you changed your sizing or fit as you progressed. I have gone for feel like a normal shoe, just about feeling the end as a reference and next pair i will downsize a bit more to get used to the feel, was that your approach too? How long you typically climb for in a session and if it is constant or lots of breaks?
    Really like your videos, nicely put together and fun to watch. Well done for your progress with climbing you look confident with it even with the finger issue.

  21. Brave Scot on October 24, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    Great instructional video. Brilliantly filmed. It was a great insight into bouldering.

  22. TRACY PEW that's who on October 24, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    Aaaah you’re lovely

  23. Ben on October 24, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    HAVE FUN…100% this! So many shirtless tough guys trying to impress people they don’t know never look like they’re having fun. Great video, show investment and warning up are so true!

  24. leezaard on October 24, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    Really great vid! I’ve been climbing for about a year and a half, and I consider myself an intermediate climber, climbing v6 at my gym, but some of these tips still really helped! I never thought to take care of my fingers, but luckily I haven’t been injured so far

  25. Jared Gibson on October 24, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    Just had to drop a comment and say you have a good taste in music, the brooke and the bluff are from my city and theyre too good

  26. Scott Morgen on October 24, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    I’m sure you’ve been asked this question many times…but; why two different shoes when you climb? Cheers

  27. Nzd on October 24, 2020 at 5:16 pm


    Great vid, agree with all of that. I’d also add getting used to falling. Learn how to do it safely and don’t be afraid of it. If you’re pushing yourself, it’s going to happen. A lot.

  28. Alberto on October 24, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    Very good, direct, understandable and effective tips. I fully agree with 100% of what has been said here. Nice video. Congrats

  29. David on October 24, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    Great tips!

  30. Mark AGR on October 24, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    nice to see the local gym, where are the outside shots?

  31. Th3Nguyen on October 24, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    Quality content!

  32. Steve's Wild Camping on October 24, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    Just wow. Thank Steve.

  33. Climbing Nomads on October 24, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    Nice tips 👍🏼 Totally agree with the subjective grades! 😆

  34. Rui Deaguiar on October 24, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    Hi, im interested on bouldering, my biggest question is, should i pay for one or two classes at the beginig, just to know the basics or should i just go to the gym and ask for the easiest boulder and start from there?

  35. Jaslynn Melero on October 24, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    Beginner here! Thank you for this video.

  36. Courtney Warren on October 24, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    Couldn’t agree more with all of these tips! Loved the pieces on subjective grading, not being afraid to fail and most importantly having fun!! Great vid

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