/ Is Bouldering good training for Winter Climbing?
I am not sure whether this belongs in this forum or The Winter Climbing forum.
I saw a youtube video of Dave Mcleod training for his first ascent of The Hurting - super hard Scottish Winter mixed route - to prepare for it he did some boouldering including a V13 problem.
Is bouldering outdoors good training for hard Scottish Winter Climbing?
What do you mean by your post?
I do not get it!
I don't know what I'm talking about though - I don't boulder or winter climb!
Dry tool bouldering could be the next big thing.
Have you done any easy Winter Climbing? That is probably a good start.
Bouldering is good training for winter climbing in the same way as weight-lifting is good training for cross-country skiing.
I think MacLeod was training for Rhapsody at that time. It's likely the bouldering was useful for this, not for winter climbing. As he says in E11, he sometimes went winter climbing on 'rest days', take from that what you will!
I can't remember if it was after Demon Direct (IX,9) or Happy Tyroleans (IX,10) that Dave stated he'd first felt that high-level rock-climbing mileage had assisted his ascent.
Don't know if this answers your question, but my gut feeling is that at your stage bouldering is of very little relevance to your winter climbing objectives.
Bucketloads of psyche and a willingness to suffer. Do you have these?
No worries ripper.
This ia a boulder forum!
I think bouldering would be useful training for Rhapsody as a F8a/V10 boulder problem is after the crack of Requiem.
Dave M is an incredible climber in all disciplines, it must be very hard to keep a foot in the door of all of these whilst also pushing the limits of each one. Even more so when seasons overlap for each discipline, and even more so when you live somewhere that is renowned for having unpredictable weather!
I really doubt that he saw a strong link between that problem and his hard winter climbing. Perhaps he is pushing both bouldering and winter climbing in the colder months, that way he can make the most of the weather whilst also keeping fit for routes in summer.
I would suspect that high-level rock-climbing mileage would assist on such routes - the first one , the summer line The Demon is E2 5b.
I have these - gallons of psyche and a willingness to suffer.
Hello New Nick.
I am going to do my first session with a guide or MIC instructor this winter if winter waking/winter skills goes well.
It would be a great start.
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