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: Starting holds are marked with pieces of tape. Each piece of tape corresponds to one limb (a hand or foot). If a hold has two pieces of tape, that means you can start with two hands on it; or a hand and a foot; or two feet. You can always use a volume as a start hold, even if it’s not taped.
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 MBP 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.