If you enjoy climbing but not going very high and enjoy challenging problems but hate ropes, then bouldering is for you! Since there are no ropes for belay, your only safety is a nice mat to land on when you slip off or reach the summit and top-out.
A bouldering mat is basically a firm crash mat that you carry around with you to outdoor climbing locations and your climbing buddy places it underneath you as you climb. The large mats can cost £150+ which is more than I wanted to spend to save myself from broken bones and sprained ankles. I have access to foams and a sewing machine so made my own and you can too.
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Step 1: Tools and Materials
A good sewing machine
Scalpel / long craft knife
Biro / Marker pen
3.5 x 1.5m of waterproof, hardwearing material. I used PVC coated nylon. A good tarp sheet could work too.
2 x 1.5 x 1.0m of high density closed-cell polyethylene foam. 18mm thick. Camping mats are an easy source of this.
1.5 x 1.0m of low density upholstery foam. 50mm thick. There’s a truck in the market that sells foam cut to size. Sofa cushions are full of this stuff if you’re not buying it.
25mm nylon webbing
50mm nylon webbing
2 x 25mm bullet clips
2 x 50mm strap sliders
1.5m of 25mm wide Velcro
Lots of heavy duty thread.