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31.07.2012
Bouldering, a natural way of playing
Bouldering has become a very popular sport. In Switzerland, bouldering walls are sprouting in schools and specialized bouldering gyms are opening incessantly. By the end of the year, another three big bouldering centers will have opened their doors in Germany.
In Austria, no comparable indoor grounds can be found yet. But right now an outdoor bouldering park is being developed in the little Tyrolean village of Galtür. This park will enable a playful access to bouldering for kids and freshmen to the sport. Twenty new problems have been established, which can be done within a few tries with the right technique and feeling. On special slab problems everybody can test the friction of their climbing shoes. It's very important to feel confident stepping on small features or just smearing on the rock, using  the friction of the climbing shoes. Moreover, all boulders have perfectly prepared and safe landing zones.  
As a child it was normal for me to climb trees, walls, … whatever! It was a natural way of playing and lots of fun. I think it's very important to enable this approach to the kids and teenagers today too. As kids are spending more and more time in front of their playstations and in the internet, they are more likely to suffer from movement deficits and feel bad about their bodies. It is therefore especially important to inspire them to enjoy sports. Bouldering is a great way to train the whole body. In addition, technique and coordination skills are improved. By doing this playfully, kids develop motivation rapidly to solve smaller problems and enjoy this way of climbing around. 
In the course of a school project in cooperation with  TVB-Ischgl-Galtür, Bergbahnen Galtür, 100 kids came to Galtür and tested the new possibilities for bouldering. As you can see on the pictures.....it worked out well :-) 
Thanks to  mountain guides Christoph and Tobias, and the teachers who supported me!
Thanks to 5.10 for testing material and the Alpinarium Galtür for delicious food.
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