Bouldering in essence is the simplest and purest form of climbing. Just you, your climbing shoes and some chalk (oh, and some comfortable clothes/gym kit!). No need for a harness or rope!

Not only is it a great way to get fit and tone up, it also increases flexibility and mindfulness, a bit like yoga, challenges your problem-solving kills and has the added bonus of being a very sociable sport.

Thankfully you’re never that far from the ground (well, up to 4.5m) which is covered with thick foam matting*. Without the harness and rope it also means it’s a much cheaper way to start climbing.

*the matting does not eliminate the risk of injury.