No handed bouldering

Not only do we have some fine sports climbing routes, we also have some high quality no handed bouldering lines (no laughing). Some of these are on the slippery riverside boulders and must also be climbed without shoes. They’re a lot harder than they look and require some new techniques such as the foot slap. Some other lines are on steeper boulders with tricky moves which require just the right amount of momentum to propel oneself to the balancing position on the next foothold. It may seem a bit daft but it’s actually really good fun, and getting the send is just as satisfying as ‘regular’ bouldering.

Check out Johnny Dawes doing some no handed climbing. If you’ve never heard of him, he was one of Britain’s top climbers in the 1980s.

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