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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    The dangers of bouldering

    Bouldering is a popular activity that can be undertaken outdoors or indoors on specially created climbing walls. Either way, bouldering involves a certain amount of risk. Here are some of the dangers of bouldering both outdoors and on indoor climbing walls.

    Dangers of bouldering outdoors

    When bouldering outdoors, climbers face the risk of falls from height due to:

    • Loose holds or holds weakened by freeze-thaw effects
    • Slipping off holds due to rain, snow or even accumulated dust/dirt or vegetation (moss, algae, etc.)

    Even if crash mats have been put into place to cushion falls, overbalancing could cause injuries by missing such mats.

    Other dangers of bouldering outdoors include people or animals accidentally knocking (or deliberately throwing – squirrels and birds can get quite aggressive when defending their territories) stones, sticks or other objects at you from above. Depending on where you are, there may also be a risk of insects, snakes or other wild animals; avalanches and even earthquakes.

    Dangers of bouldering indoors

    When bouldering indoors, worn or faulty equipment or lack of adequate instruction could cause bouldering accidents. You could also be injured if your instructor fails to assist you as and when required.

    Right to compensation

    It is highly likely that you will be climbing with an instructor, especially if you are new to bouldering. This instructor must be qualified, competent and experienced enough to instruct you properly and assist you should the need arise. If you sustained an injury in a bouldering accident because you were not instructed properly or because your instructor failed to assist you, you could qualify for injury compensation.

    Similarly, if you were injured at an indoor bouldering venue because of faulty equipment, the owner/operator of the venue could be held liable for your bouldering injuries.

    Accident Advice Helpline

    Our nationwide legal team has been processing bouldering injury claims for over 15 years. This means they have all the experience and know-how necessary to help you make a successful personal injury claim.

    No-win, no-fee*

    Able to deal with most claims over the phone, our in-house solicitors operate on a no-win, no-fee* basis, so you do not have to worry about the cost of making a compensation claim. Any costs we incur during the process will be covered by a percentage of the compensation you receive upon conclusion of the claim process. Call our 24/7 helpline on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile or 0800 689 0500 from a UK landline now to learn more.

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading name of Slater and Gordon UK Limited, a company registered in England & Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 125 446 327, registered office 50/52 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1HL and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority for insurance mediation activity.

    Disclaimer: This website contains content contributed by third parties, therefore any opinions, comments or other information expressed on this site that do not relate to the business of AAHDL or its associated companies should be understood as neither being held or endorsed by this business.

    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.