Our boulders are set with color-coded holds called circuits, where the color of the circuit represents difficulty. Our circuits – in order from easiest to most challenging – are yellow, red, green, purple, orange, black, blue, pink, and white.
Each color circuit has boulder problems that span a range of difficulty. You may find a problem in an easier circuit to be more challenging than a problem in a harder circuit. Our circuits are designed to reflect progression in climbing, and create a way to navigate our boulders with an open mind, letting you put aside the expectations of the v-scale difficulty as a measure of success or failure.
Don’t refrain from trying colors that are both easier and harder than your usual level; the challenge of a bouldering session should always remain in tune with your desired challenge and intensity.
Volumes: The geometric shapes that are screwed to the climbing wall and are not plastic holds. You can always use these for any boulder problem you are climbing — grab them, pinch them, step on them, and squeeze them with love.
Starting: Each boulder problem has tape to mark the starting position for one or both of your hands. We don't tape starting positions for your feet. Your feet can start on any holds in the problem or on the wall. Don't forget, volumes are part of the wall, can always be used, and will occasionally be taped to indicate a starting position.
Finishing: Climbs can end in a few ways. 1. Reach the top of the wall and grab it. 2. Reach a hold with a piece of tape and grab it. 3. Climb on top of one of the designated top-out boulders. 4. Climb as high as you feel comfortable and then climb down.
Safety: Never climb higher than you feel you can comfortably and safely descend. Climbing down is harder than climbing up, and falls often result in injury.
Be aware of your surroundings. All of the padded areas throughout SBP are fall zones. Be vigilant when walking, standing, and climbing in these areas. Don't occupy the space under another climber. If you have any questions, please ask. We’re here to help.