Exploring types of climbing: the difference between bouldering and routes
Climbing, that blend of strength, technique and determination, offers a wide variety of performances to those seeking to scale the summits. Two major categories dominate the climbing scene: bouldering and route climbing.
Bouldering - A mix of power and problems
L'bouldering takes place on shorter structures, called "boulders", requiring intense movements using more power. The essence of bouldering lies in solving "problems". Each problem is a sequence of specific movements that climbers must understand in order to reach the top.
It requires a combination of brute strength and technique. The holds, varied in shape and size, require dynamic movement and precise locking. Bouldering develops mental strength by forcing climbers to find creative solutions to challenges.
Route climbing - height and continuity of movement
L'route climbingclimbing, on the other hand, involves higher walls equipped with predefined routes. Climbers progress along these routes, relying on a combination of endurance and route reading. Each route is a fixed itinerary, marked out by specific holds, coloured according to the level of the route. Unlike bouldering, where the emphasis is on sequences of short movements, route climbing requires more enduring movements.
Climbers have to manage their energy over the entire length of the route, anticipating holds and optimising moments of rest.
The difference between block and track
Bouldering and route climbing offer distinct experiences, each highlighting different skills. Bouldering uses strength and problem solving, while route climbing requires endurance and strategy to overcome greater heights. The choice between these two styles depends on individual preferences, skills and goals.
Whatever the case, these two disciplines share a common passion: climbing.
If you are interested in discovering one of these types of climbing, don't hesitate to take a look at our expedition: Bouldering and yoga in Fontainebleau.