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Three of the Best Bouldering Locations in the World
Bouldering isn’t only about the adrenaline rush of climbing boulders without rock climbing equipment; it’s also about exploring some of the most beautiful natural locations still left on this planet. A word of warning, though, unless you are an expert climber who has prior experience in bouldering, we recommend that you practice on the artificial holds of your local rock climbing club for now. On the other hand, if you are a pro, we urge you to try out each of these three locations at least once.
Bishop in California, USA
The granite tuff in Bishop has something for everyone, irrespective of what your style, grade, or hold is. The only thing to note is that it’s not a place that you would want to visit during the summer months. Explore the 2,000+ problems somewhere in-between October and April and you should be fine. If you are a beginner, we recommend climbing the Happy and Sad boulders first, before graduating to the Buttermilk Country Boulders. The winding walls of the Happy and Sad Boulders are marvelous, but you have to see the Buttermilk boulders, too, for their egg-shaped structure. Wherever you go, everything looks absolutely stunning with the Sierra mountain range visible on the horizon.
Fontainebleau in France
The Fontainebleau forest is a popular spot for adventuring, bird watching, photography, bouldering, and exploring in general - you can pick up digiscoping equipment from PhoneSkope if photography is your passion. There are so many sandstone problems of varying grades in the forest that it has become one of the most, (if not the most) popular bouldering spots found yet. You will need to watch out for rain, though, as it is both a common occurrence and a restraint against sandstone climbing. In spite of being good fun during the summer months, the best experience can be had if you visit the forest during the winter season. If you ever wanted to climb boulders in the middle of a beautiful forest or if you simply want to marvel at the natural splendor that surrounds the place, head to the Fontainebleau Forest.
Rocklands in Western Cape, South Africa
Another sandstone climb, the Rocklands are famous for the orange and gray stripes that you will find on all of the rock formations over here. The problems here are not too difficult, but if you want a challenge, there are a few areas that can give you some trouble. However, anyone going to the Rocklands needs to keep something in mind; the place is an isolated natural paradise. While this makes it perfect for outdoor campers and nature lovers, one should be prepared for the fact that the location is at least a half an hour’s drive away from civilization.
The list wouldn’t be complete without at least giving an honorable mention to the granite and gneiss boulders of Ticino in Switzerland, which is famous for having some of the toughest bouldering in the world. The one thing common to all the places mentioned here is the fact that If you have been to any one of them, chances are good that you will be going back again someday.