Has the fad of bouldering left us?

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Lurking Fear

Boulder climber
Bishop, California
Mar 1, 2013 - 04:17pm PT
I think we're fooling ourselves if we think it's a fad. It's just too easy to hang out at the boulders. No one even cares if you climb, and you always have a nice seat. I'm seeing a new trend where large groups from gyms come out in force to an area. I also see a lot of bottles of beer at the boulders. From some climber's perspective it's the perfect type of climbing. From a Bishop perspective things have not improved since I've been here. I don't mind the crowds, but it's still easy to get away from the crowds when you want to. Bald Mountain is definitely choss and you still have the crowds.
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Mar 1, 2013 - 04:27pm PT
They're making routes where every single hold is manufactured, and people are claiming that chipping is ok now. The gym climbers are overpopulating and bringing the gym with them everywhere they go. Instead of learning from experienced climbers they learn how to do a double gaston off a finger pocket but don't know how to make an anchor. Luckily they tend to stay off the real routes.
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
Mar 1, 2013 - 04:32pm PT
Or, if they have to hike.

How about making a rollup sheet of material with holds on it that you just drape over a blank boulder. Maybe even a blow-dryer (solar-powered of course) could shrinkwrap the material onto the blank boulder. When you leave, you cut the wrap off and go home and attach a corset drawstring to the sheet so you can reattach the next time without the blowdryer.
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Mar 1, 2013 - 05:33pm PT
I started bouldering pretty much the same month I first took acid -- 40 years ago this October. Clearly, bouldering is a corrupter of youth, and cut severely into time I could have spent Ice Climbing or Walling or otherwise bettering myself. Let the fad fade, for the sake of the children.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 1, 2013 - 05:38pm PT
I just read a paper that found that excessive bouldering prolongs bed-wetting.
SeaClimb

climber
Mar 1, 2013 - 06:01pm PT
No fad...the youth love it.

Right now, ABS nationals are happening. This is a sport not likely to die out.

James

climber
My twin brother's laundry room
Mar 1, 2013 - 07:09pm PT
Credit: James
When there are boulder problems like these- would you want to stop?
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Mar 1, 2013 - 08:41pm PT
Cosumness!

DMT
Captain...or Skully

climber
Mar 1, 2013 - 08:47pm PT
Bouldering is fun. It will always be so.
5.2~5.12, anyone? Only climberfolk go there.
Michelle

Social climber
Toshi's Station, picking up power converters.
Mar 1, 2013 - 08:51pm PT
Cosumness!

Yay!
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Mar 1, 2013 - 09:06pm PT
This is a funny page.


bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Mar 1, 2013 - 10:50pm PT
Personally, I pine for the day when this absurd, transient sport "climbing" fad goes away once and for all. It's an embarassment -- the practice of sport "climbing" is the mp3 of the climbing experience. Sport climbing takes the totality of the rich and deeply spiritual mental landscape of the quest and compresses all the life out of it. No bass; shrill, tinny highs; the meat, soul, richness, texture and depth: digitized and plasticized out of existance. Niel Young and I are aghast, and vigorously object. Super-highball bouldering, and smaller, exquisite blocs writ by the hand of God himself arrayed in ambrosian glens of old-growth conifers, rich soft meadows festooned with wildflowers, rainbows arcing across a cloudless sky of indigo blue, and a sane and honorable amount of foam for the truly bad landings, are the future of the sport. Don't even get me started about indoor climbing on petrolium products and "climbing" gyms.

Mark my words. Thus spake the American Legend, the last Oracle of unfiltered truth channeled directly from the marrow of the human condition. Sort of like the Last Unicorn, without the glitter.
Captain...or Skully

climber
Mar 1, 2013 - 10:59pm PT
Bvb, I have the best bouldering pad ever. and it doubles as my guest bedroom. You take a big platform, 12 inches by twin bed size, full length velcro full of cut off chunks of other pads. This thing is the sh#t.
I'm taking it to Homestake. That place rocks.

American Legend edit: I ain't Nekking no minutes. WTF? Meh.
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Mar 1, 2013 - 11:02pm PT
Nek Minnit! Get 'er done!
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Mar 1, 2013 - 11:19pm PT
Can we now get back to the only real climbing = multi pitch climbing?
Bring a pad in case you sketch the first clip.
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 1, 2013 - 11:38pm PT
Personally, I pine for the day when this absurd, transient sport "climbing" fad goes away once and for all. It's an embarassment -- the practice of sport "climbing" is the mp3 of the climbing experience. Sport climbing takes the totality of the rich and deeply spiritual mental landscape of the quest and compresses all the life out of it. No bass; shrill, tinny highs; the meat, soul, richness, texture and depth: digitized and plasticized out of existance. Niel Young and I are aghast, and vigorously object. Super-highball bouldering, and smaller, exquisite blocs writ by the hand of God himself arrayed in ambrosian glens of old-growth conifers, rich soft meadows festooned with wildflowers, rainbows arcing across a cloudless sky of indigo blue, and a sane and honorable amount of foam for the truly bad landings, are the future of the sport. Don't even get me started about indoor climbing on petrolium products and "climbing" gyms.

Mark my words. Thus spake the American Legend, the last Oracle of unfiltered truth channeled directly from the marrow of the human condition. Sort of like the Last Unicorn, without the glitter.


Spoken like a tru desert rat!

That shiz iz on FB now. Going viral yo!
Captain...or Skully

climber
Mar 1, 2013 - 11:40pm PT
All good except for "Niel".....editing, man.
Ahem.
skywalker

climber
Mar 1, 2013 - 11:46pm PT
Is this a FAD? Back to the O.P. I can go the rest of my life without tying in. Thats not what climbing is about.

Respectfully

S...
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Mar 2, 2013 - 12:44am PT
All good except for "Niel".....editing, man.

You mean it's not "I before E except after C?" See? Do you see?! This is what I'm talking about! I'm sure my language tutors were all wannabe Sp0rt Climbers! Ahhhgh! The decline of Western Civilization, here and now!
mt10910

climber
Mar 2, 2013 - 09:29am PT
Wearing tights, no shirt, and walking around with a freak mattress attached
to one's back?

Not only is it not a fad, but once the general dating public gets winds of this,
mark my words

you'll see folks walking down Washington street, small town USA, on Friday nights with the same get up, seeking the same attention to action.
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