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28 Things Every Bouldering Beginner Thinks About The First Time They Try It

Remember your first time? Of course you do. Nobody forgets losing their bouldering virginity.

Bouldering is awesome. Seriously awesome. It challenges the body. It challenges the mind. It…well…it’s just rad, and if you think differently – you’re wrong. You’re just wrong, OK?

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So, maybe you’re a bit of an old hand when it comes to bouldering. Or maybe you’ve only been half a dozen times. Maybe you live at a bouldering centre, and the owners of the bouldering centre haven’t found out yet. We don’t know. What we do know is that everyone who considers themselves to be a boulderer were rookies once upon a time. There’s always a first time, after all. Remember yours?

This, right here, is what’s happening inside the head of every single bouldering beginner.

1) How much chalk is too much chalk?

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2) Can I go yet, or is that person too close?

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3) I don’t know what to do with my feet

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4) I don’t know what to do with my hands

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5) OK. Keep your cool. You got this

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6) Remember your very brief training

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7) Alright, I’m bouldering. I’m literally bouldering!

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8) It might be on the easiest grade, but who cares?

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9) I AM BOULDERING. I AM A BOULDERER

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10) Right, so how do I get back down?

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11) I think I might be stuck

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12) Yeah, I’m definitely stuck

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13) No need to panic, I’m sure there’s…

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14) …OH GOD. THERE IS LITERALLY NO WAY DOWN

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15) Help

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16) HELP!

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17) Why can nobody see that I’m in desperate need of help?

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18) Might as well face it. I’m up here forever now

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19) I am going to grow old and die on this bouldering wall

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20) “Jump,” they say. Hahahaha! There’s no way I’m jumping

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21) I am quite tired though

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22) Maybe I should just jump?

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23) Fuck it. I’m just going to jump. Goodbye cruel world

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24) AAAAAAAARRRRRGGGGHHH!

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25) Oh, well that was remarkably painless

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26) Bouldering is fun. Let’s do some more bouldering.

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27) Hang on

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28) Who the fuck is that, and how did they get to be so good?

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