Bouldering is viewed by many as climbing in its purest, most elemental form, the beauty of this being the ease at which you can practice and enjoy climbing without the hassle of excessive gear – be it indoors or out. Additionally, as a discipline that feeds well into sport, trad and other aspects of climbing, it's a fantastic way to hone your strength and technique and to increase your repertoire of movements for transfer onto routes. The aim of this article is to give some top tips for improving your bouldering grade both indoors and out for climbers who have some experience, but who might be stuck in a plateau at a particular grade. If you're completely new to the sport, check out our article aimed at beginners:
Why's that? Nat's only just started getting into trad climbing in the last few months, the E4 (The Prozac Link) was only her 3 or 4th ever lead. We're making a film about her transition into trad and winter climbing, which will be out in time for Kendal in 2015.
How does the hamstring stretch work? I am the least flexible person I know and only getting less flexible. Should the knee be bent? otherwise I can't reach my calves to do the stretch (yes, it's that bad).