Bouldering on the Beach

The highlight of my trip to Okinawa, Japan's southernmost prefecture, was bouldering next to the ocean. I've been bouldering in a gym in Tokyo for more than a year now, but this was the first time I've done it outside on real rocks. I went bouldering with Will, and these pictures are of him on the rocks. 20130504_okinawa135lrWill jams his feet into climbing shoes before starting. Climbing shoes are designed to be incredibly tight to help provide grip on rocks.

20130504_okinawa174lrWill laces up his shoes.

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A reach for the final hold on a route we designed ourselves.

20130504_okinawa219lrConcentration, pain, or both. The sharp coral rocks on the beach were a lot more painful than the plastic holds in the gym.

20130504_okinawa129lr A lot of the routes we found on the rocks were difficult, but the soft sand underneath provided a nice cushion if we fell. When there were rocks on the ground, we spotted each other to make sure it was safe.

20130504_okinawa193lrThe beach was a beautiful place to go bouldering. When we took breaks, we sat on the beach and looked at the waves. Not a bad way to spend the day.