Has the fad of bouldering left us?


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Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 3, 2010 - 01:54am PT
Will we now get back to the only real climbing = multi pitch climbing?

everything else is just 'practice'?

I think it was Vic Copeland's piece or maybe Mick Ryan who wrote about bouldering being a fad.

Has it come full circle yet? Or objectively speaking is there more dollars spent on bouldering gear and comps than on 'regular' climbing?

Just an evening thought.

what do you think?


Social climber
Bouncy Tiggerville
Sep 3, 2010 - 02:11am PT
Will we now get back to the only real climbing = multi pitch climbing?


Climbing is technical movement over your chosen medium: be it pebbles, large rock formations (free or aid), clip-ups, chalk cliffs, buildings or ice.

Division tears the community.

Way out there....
Sep 3, 2010 - 02:31am PT
I boulder because I cant find partners to "climb" with.

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Sep 3, 2010 - 02:35am PT
It may have left Us....

Boulder climber
Sep 3, 2010 - 02:41am PT
thats like comparing a poem to a novel

Trad climber
The Circuit, Tonasket WA
Sep 3, 2010 - 02:45am PT
Credit: PhilG

Let me think about that question.

Trad climber
Springdale UT
Sep 3, 2010 - 02:57am PT
wow. great picture...that says it all.

Personally I enjoy each manifestation of climbing for what it is and the enjoyment I get out of it. Higher is usually more fun for me, but the gamble of not having ropes adds a different kind of flavor. Eventually I may get far enough to get that same spice run out high on a multi pitch and then the equation will get even more complicated...

Its all fun...my goal is to be very well rounded.

hanging from a crimp and crying for my mama.
Sep 3, 2010 - 03:00am PT
So... Climbing a boulder is a fad and climbing a mountain is a sport? But babe, you told me that size didn't matter.

Boulder climber
Gilbert, AZ
Sep 3, 2010 - 03:08am PT
Has the fad of bouldering left us?

Oh I hope so.


Sep 3, 2010 - 03:12am PT
I think the OPe is trolling for a nugget of wisdom from jogill .

Trad climber
The Circuit, Tonasket WA
Sep 3, 2010 - 04:23am PT
OK, OK, I have an answer

Credit: PhilG

if it's fun, just do it!

Ice climber
Ashland, Or
Sep 3, 2010 - 04:33am PT
are you kidding? no munge you just hang out with the crusty supertopo vets.

The Circuit is building the largest indoor bouldering gym in the country right now in Portland.

Trad climber
San Francisco
Sep 3, 2010 - 05:07am PT
Yes, the seventies are right around the corner. Fear not, this brave new world will implode soon enough.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Come on in boys, the water's fine!
Sep 3, 2010 - 10:09am PT
I don't know munge, the cool kids won't let me hang with the anyway.

Anastasia, yes and so too was mountain biking. Now its road biking, and all the cool kids stowed their mountain bikes and dropped the big dime on new road bikes.

Just because its a fad doesn't mean there aren't core dedicated bikers and boulderers.

MisterE - I do not agree. I think the 'friction of styles' is a manufactured fart cloud perpetrated mostly by OUR generation. My experience is that younger climbers don't get their panties wadded over it.


Trad climber
San Jose, CA
Sep 3, 2010 - 10:16am PT
Hah! No way, in fact the "fad" is now to boulder big walls! Go Honnold!

A long way from where I started
Sep 3, 2010 - 10:17am PT
Its all fun...my goal is to be very well rounded

Well, just wait a while and you, like most of us, will become rounder and rounder.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 3, 2010 - 10:21am PT
Who am us anyhow?!? Bouldering is still growing even though it makes my joints ache just thinking about it. LOL
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
Sep 3, 2010 - 10:23am PT
No. It's worse than ever. The latest Climbing has an article on bouldering in the Sequoia back country (With Angel Wings right there!). Also, someone recently did a piece on Himalayan high country bouldering.

This is not good. I can barely climb V0.
Jeremy Ross

Gym climber
North Fork, CA
Sep 3, 2010 - 10:31am PT
"Real climbing". As in climbing something you have no chance of falling on and calling it " bold" because you placed a few nuts?? ;)

goatboy smellz

Sep 3, 2010 - 10:36am PT
I'm going to start a munge climbing fad, 51% of the route
must be covered in moss or rapidly decomposing
choss to qualify.
Hope to have the website up later this year.

It's gonna be huge!
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