/ Outdoor is hard!
Keep at it. It does get easier, but it's rare for someone to climb the same grades outside as they do indoors.
>"Is it a totally different kettle of fish or do I need to be patient?"
The question answers itself. It's diffrent but the same. When you are doing as much outdoors as indoors is all starts to feel of similar difficulty.
Indoors is often focussed on arm/core strength.
Outdoors is much more fingers and footwork, especially footwork.
I think one of the biggest factors is the ability to read a problem - not having brightly coloured hand holds, or obvious foot holds can make a massive difference when you first go outside.
Also, you find that outdoor problems tend to be more difficult to "Unlock" simply because the technique needed (drop knee etc) is not obvious.
On top of that, there is the mental side where rock doesn't seem to have the level of friction you are used to, and the mats seem further away and less confidence inspiring.
Keep at it though, and you'll find it much more rewarding
And there isn't a big glaring coloured hold for you to know what's next.
indoor and outdoor are virtually two different sports. I'm still quite inexperienced outside and they just aren't compariable from my view point.
Worth assessing your ability by what you climb outside. Could be your local climbing wall is grading softly. Good thing about outdoor bouldering is it stays the same, so you can have a go at something and find it hard, go away and practice similar moves and hang off similar holds indoors, and come back to see how you're going.
I find I climb slightly harder outside than at my local wall - probably because outside climbing is more inspiring/less sustained than indoors.
I haven't climbed much outside, but feel that without mats underneath me, that I only dare risk fairly easy climbs. Entry level on the local bouldering wall hard. On the wall I feel able to take on bigger challenges, though the cracked or bruised rib I'm still recovering from right now demonstrates how indoor climbing is not risk free.
If you're bouldering outside you can have mats, or climb bigger stuff with a rope!
I find harder bouldering mats put me off, though. The Beacon is particularly guilty of this, where the mats are so hard that they almost might as well not be there.
I haven't bought a mat yet, though I suspect that will be a summer purchase. The mats at my local bouldering wall are IMHO very effective, and I've fallen onto them from quite some height a number of times without ever suffering damage. My rib problem is where I half fell, caught myself, but my chest hit a protruding hold very hard.
On a family trip to a local park I had a look above a number of outcrops, but couldn't see anything to attach a top rope to. I'm wondering if there is some sort of screw or other anchor which can be inserted into soil to a sufficiently solid degree, without doing lasting damage to the environment.
> My rib problem is where I half fell, caught myself, but my chest hit a protruding hold very hard.
I find indoors walls that like to over-set are the most dangerous in this way. Almost smashed my kneecap apart spilling off a polished as hell heelhook, my inner knee smashed into not 1 but 4 holds of other problems on the way down. About 4 other people i know had the same injury.
> Worth assessing your ability by what you climb outside. Could be your local climbing wall is grading softly.
Yeah, that does happen a lot, noticeably in the lower grades: a lot of walls want to grade from V0 up, so V0 means a ladder of massive jugs up a vertical wall for nervous beginners to build up some confidence on, with V1 and V2 being only incrementally harder. Meanwhile outdoors V0 can involve some fairly tasty stuff, hence confusion. Still don't understand why they insist on doing this rather than picking an appropriate grading system in the first place, but there you go.
Its also a case of the technique differs slightly.
Indoors your usually climbing on flat slippy boards of ply where the hand/foot holds are obvious and on the same plane.
Outdoors things tend to be a bit more stuble and '3D' (for want of a better term), so foot placements etc aren't quite so obvious.
Probably see you up there sometime!
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