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Tips to Improve Your Bouldering Techniques

Tips to Improve Your Bouldering Techniques

Feel the adrenaline rush while embracing the bare rocks as you climb your way up on the boulders. Bouldering is climbing up mountains or boulders with basic climbing equipment. It is considered the rawest form of adventure sports and also one of the most challenging ones. Here are some tips to improve your bouldering techniques:


Start with Warm Up 

One important task to be done irrespective of whether you are an amateur or an experienced climber before you start climbing is to warm up. It will enable you climb with ease and avoid any injuries.Get your pulse rate higher by jogging or cycling to get your blood circulating throughout your body before boulder climbing. Then stretch well to loosen each and every joint and muscle of your body. A good warm up session will help you climb at your best and try out new routes without hurting yourself.


Improve Mental Skills 

To make your climb easy and successful, experts suggest that one should mentally plan the route and the problems in head. Looking at the hold and planning a sequence in advance will help you in decide what moves and bouldering techniques you could use. Trying to figure out a sequence while climbing can drain you off your energy and time.


Know a Variety of Moves and Tactics

Do your homework and learn the moves and tactics for different handholds and edges. Keep in mind your strengths and weakness to know which technique suits you the best and lets you climb easily. Using the same moves will make your body wear out quickly while rock climbing.Get Creative – Creating your own route or problems is a great way to improve your rock climbing skills. This is especially helpful when you have a limited number of options for climbing. The same climb each time will make you habitual to only certain moves, hence, limiting your skills as a climber. To overcome this, you can always create you own set of problems using the edges and holds of the existing set to help you widen your abilities.


Observe Other Climbers

 Observing other climbers is very beneficial especially when they are climbing routes that you find difficult. This will help you look at the problem from a different perspective and help you do it better. You can also learn various moves and tactics too while watching others climb. It is the key especially when you are still a part of the bouldering training session. Observation is a good exercise for beginners as well as the pros to sharpen their skills and get better at climbing.


Follow these tips to have a satisfying climb. Try out various walls indoors and       outdoors to improve your climbing skills. However, make sure you follow all the    safety regulations to make bouldering a better experience for you and everyone    around you.

Fundamentals of Boulder Climbing - Earth Treks Climbing


Breathing Techniques for Climbing

Breathing Techniques for Climbing

Breathing is an essential bodily function to survive and holds high importance while rock climbing. To breathe correctly plays an important role in rock climbing as it delivers the oxygen into your body that is required to keep up you metabolism processes. There are various breathing techniques and methods involved to help you have a pleasant rock climbing experience. It has psychological effects, like it helps you calm down and focus better with improved concentration.

Perform Deep Breathing before and after Every Climb

Breathing before climbing is warming up your lungs for the activity. This will also help you in determining a comfortable pace and rate that you can maintain even while climbing. Deep breathing before the climb assists you to calm your anxiety and keep your mind clear to plan the route.

Taking deep breaths after a climb will help your body cool down and regulate your heartbeats. This is the best way to relax your body especially after a strenuous rock climbing session.

Breathe to Relax while Climbing

 Learning to maintain a uniform pace of breathing is one of the most important breathing techniques. Remember to find your breath after each and every move to ensure that your body has enough oxygen. Avoid looking up or down and breathe, focusing at a point right in front of you to keep the anxiety at bay.

Make Smart Movements while Climbing

 A steady pace of breathing will help you improve your climbing technique. It will make your moves and climb smoother and easier. So make sure you plan your movements in such a way that it lets you find breath in between to keep you focused.

Breathing Techniques while Climbing - Earth Treks Climbing

Maintain Rhythm and Momentum

 Often climbers tend to hold their breath while facing a problem rather than breathing steadily. It is very important to maintain the same rhythm of breathing when you climb so that your body is not deprived of oxygen. Regular supply of oxygen will also ensure that you have sufficient energy to complete the rock climbing. 

 Change Speed Based on Difficulty

 A climber often changes the speed of climbing and breathing according to the problem. You might go faster in the easy areas and may move slow while forgetting to breathe across difficult holds and edges. It is crucial that you find your pace before you make any movement. It is advised to inhale and focus on the hold while planning, and exhale when executing the move. The best time to practice breathing at different pace to find a comfortable rhythm is while warming up.

Your rock climbing experience can be more pleasant if you learn breathing techniques and remember to perform them. Finding your right pace of breathing will take some time but you will get it eventually and get better with practice.

Additional Open Climb Dates

Additional Open Climb Sessions! No reservations needed, it’s perfect for all ages, and no experience is necessary.

Open Climb is a great way to come in and tryout climbing! Due to upcoming school closures and holidays, we are offering additional Open Climb Sessions for the following dates:


Date Time
March 29th thru April 2nd, 2010 for Spring Break 12:00pm – 4:00 pm
Monday, April 5-9th, 2010 12:00pm – 4:00 pm
Friday, May 14th, 2010 12:00pm – 4:00 pm
Monday, May 31st, 2010 12:00pm – 4:00 pm


Date Time
March 29th thru April 2nd, 2010 for Spring Break 12:00pm – 4:00 pm
Monday, April 5th, 2010 12:00pm – 4:00 pm
Monday, May 31st, 2010 12:00pm – 4:00 pm


Date Time
March 28th thru April 2nd, 2010 for Spring Break 12:00pm – 4:00 pm
Monday, May 31st, 2010 12:00pm – 4:00 pm

*If you have any questions regarding the additional Open Climb sessions, please call your local gym.

Earth Treks Roc Comp presented by Mountain Hardwear




Christina Rensch

Director of Marketing, Earth Treks

(410) 872-0060 Ext. 114

Pete Ward

Managing Partner, NE2C Productions




The top climbers worldwide will compete for $11,000 in cash
and points towards the first ever UBC Pro Tour Championship

Timonium, MD (February 22, 2010) – Earth Treks Climbing Centers, Mountain Hardwear and the Unified Bouldering Championships are proud to announce the first event on the 2010 UBC Pro Tour; The Earth Treks Roc Comp, Presented by Mountain Hardwear April 23 & 24, 2010. The 2010 Roc Comp will span two days of climbing and will host climbers ranging from the top pros in the world to beginners psyched to check out their first comp. The event will be held at two of the top climbing gyms in North America; Earth Treks Columbia and Earth Treks Timonium, MD.

At the first Earth Treks Roc Comp since 2004, some of the top climbers worldwide, including Chris Sharma, Lisa Rands and Paul Robinson will compete for an $11,000 cash purse as well as cumulative individual point rankings towards the overall UBC Pro Tour Championship.

Representing one of the top pro events ever held on the East coast, the 2003 and 2004 Roc Comps set a high bar for competitions that the whole crew at Earth Treks is eager to improve on. “Since our last Roc Comp, we’ve been in mourning,” says Earth Treks Founder, Chris Warner. “The excitement that the Roc Comp brought to our staff, our community and professional climbers was so rewarding. After distracting ourselves for the last few years with opening new gyms and expanding old ones, we’re ready to get back into the party.”

“Ever since Earth Treks opened, it has been known as one of the top competition venues worldwide and we are pumped up to partner with Mountain Hardwear and roll out the first ever UBC Pro Tour event with them,” said Pete Ward of NE2C Productions. “The future of pro climbing is in huge scale events featuring the top climbers, the top venues and top shelf production value. The Earth Treks Roc Comp is guaranteed to deliver all of the above. If you’re north of the equator and west of Istanbul, you won’t want to miss it!”

Featuring spectacular action, the top pros, a full sponsor village hosting the top brands in the industry and something for everyone, the Roc Comp is the first can’t miss event of the season. “If you can’t out-climb them, you might as well host them!” says Warner, (who will conveniently be climbing Makalu, the world’s fifth tallest boulder, during the Roc Comp).

The 2010 Earth Treks Roc Comp takes place April 23 & 24.Spectators: free all day Friday; free during semi-finals Saturday; $20 for Finals and After Party on Saturday. For more information and competitor registration, please visit and the UBC Pro Tour homepage at

About Mountain Hardwear

Learn more about one of the tops brands for the outdoors, Mountain Hardwear:

About Earth Treks Climbing Centers

Earth Treks’ Climbing Centers are state-of-the-art indoor climbing gyms located in Columbia, Timonium and Rockville, MD. We pride ourselves on offering the best rock climbing in the greater Washington DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland region. Each climbing gym is among the largest in the country, with plenty of climbing for every ability level. We make It easy to learn and each year we teach over 20,000 people to climb.

Earth Treks’ rock climbing and ice climbing guide service, founded in 1990, is the oldest and largest in the region. Our international mountaineering guide service has lead over 170 international expeditions, specializing in expeditions to the Andes of Ecuador and Kilimanjaro.

About NE2C Productions

NE2C has a demonstrated track record as the climbing industry’s top production company – specializing in creating marquee event platforms. Responsible for the planning, development and execution of the Unified Bouldering Championships Pro Tour (formerly, the Mammut Bouldering Championships 2006 – 2009) as well as major events such as The Nor’easter powered by Eastern Mountain Sports, NE2C events are the most entertaining, innovative and media driven events in North America.

See the 2010 UBC Pro Tour launch press release here:

…and look for more announcements about the biggest pro tour ever in climbing coming soon!

NE2C Managing Partners Jason Danforth and Pete Ward are passionate climbers and entrepreneurs and NE2C Productions includes an extensive and talented network of staff that supports NE2C events, showcasing climbing in the best possible light.



Summer Camps

2010 Summer Camp Registration is now open! Register online before April 1st and SAVE $30! 2010 camps are now available for online registration. Earth Treks offers four different camp programs for our young climbers at many locations all over the Washington, Maryland and Baltimore area: