Also among the guest speakers at the festival, which is organised by Durham County Council, will be explorer Ed Stafford, holder of the Guinness World Record for being the first person to walk the Amazon River, who will be talking on Saturday at 8pm; and Shauna Coxsey, a world champion 'boulderer
' - a form of rock climbing - who will be giving her talk at the theatre on the Sunday at 8pm.
So what does it take to make a boulderer or any kind of rock-climber, apart from a touch of madness?
Unlike the rock-climbers, the boulderers tackle the task without ropes, pitons or any other climbing aid.
For example, differences could exist between those who predominantly identify as indoor or outdoor climbers, sport, traditional climbers, or boulderers
. These individuals may have a specific motivational climate different from the overall group at large.
First up is The Boulderers
, an outdoor show by Kapow Dance, that features parkour, climbing and circus skills.
The height of world-class boulderers correlated with the ranking at a world cup (r = 0.5, P< 0.05) .
Anthropometric and strength characteristics of world-class boulderers. Med Sport 2009; 13 (4): 231-8.
rope fans with a head for heights get a dedicated area of walls while boulderers
- who climb without ropes - can do low-level climbing nearby.
Horan is one of the country's leading "boulderers
," and he includes hundreds of color photographs that display the natural beauty of each boulder and diagram the best approaches for climbing.
Chalking can be difficult to see on the park's light-colored rocks, and the proliferation of unsightly and ecologically damaging social trails could just as easily come from boulderers
and hikers as technical climbers.
Check out the world's top boulderers
competing for huge prize money in the North Face UIAA-ICC Bouldering World Cup.
Antropomertic and strength characteristics of world - class boulderers
. Med Sport 2009; 13(4): 231-8.