Has the fad of bouldering left us?

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Reeotch

climber
4 Corners Area
Feb 27, 2015 - 10:10am PT
Bouldering will outlive the fad. Maybe even the pad . . .
rgold

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Feb 27, 2015 - 10:12am PT
Fad? You can't be serious!

(From www.johngillnet.com)

I've been climbing since 1957. I started bouldering with the good Professor Gill in the early sixties. Camp 4 bouldering was also in full swing by then. Gill's site has bouldering references going back to the Victorian era, and it is clear that bouldering was a full-blown activity in Fontainbleau by the 1920's. There's nothing new about bouldering as an activity.

Of course, bouldering has gotten a lot more popular. It has enjoyed the same kinds of training, technique, and equipment innovations that have made all climbing easier and safer. (For example, a glance at the picture above shows that there have been substantial improvements in spotting technique.) Just as with other styles of climbing---and indeed with athletic pursuits in general---bouldering has responded with developments in difficulty that eclipse the achievements of the pioneers.

So it is a fad of a century-and-a-half's duration, and no, it isn't going away.

A more interesting question: when will that fart cloud leave us?
looks easy from here

climber
Ben Lomond, CA
Feb 27, 2015 - 12:06pm PT
Left us? Heck, I want it to rev up even more!

More people bouldering=fewer people on the tall stuff. That's okay with me.
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Feb 27, 2015 - 01:46pm PT
Credit: Gnome Ofthe Diabase
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Feb 27, 2015 - 01:48pm PT
Credit: Gnome Ofthe Diabase
Closest to my house, A perfect bike ride Starting with a mile long down hill then another mile more that is split by ups and downs.

This, a bit farther away an example of small rock hell.
Credit: Gnome Ofthe Diabase
If you believe like some, rocks have souls, then think what it must have been like as a rock to have sat Here
show some go yo,
Credit: Gnome Ofthe Diabase
lets see some of the best sit in parking lot and down dirty roads.
favorite 'Pebble' or 'small stone,' on the side of a vista'
or to an ironic location Hell, any thing small.
Credit: Gnome Ofthe Diabase
This sits 600feet up left of a car wash by a very busy highwat full of grocery stores and car dealer ships, Think Dunkin Donut, and Jiffy Lube .

$%five years before it was the case and the indians had march by,befor white man.

Now though, I kid you not, it stares at a Kentucky Fried Chicken. ( no Picture)
T H

Boulder climber
extraordinaire
Apr 18, 2015 - 09:38pm PT
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Apr 18, 2015 - 11:20pm PT
Got gear?



BBBE
BBBE
Credit: climbski2
yanqui

climber
Balcarce, Argentina
Apr 19, 2015 - 05:21am PT
So a few years back there were two Germans and a Swiss that hung out in my climbing gym and bouldered here for a couple of weeks while on a South American bouldering trip. These guys were probably strongest non-Argentines to visit so far and the only visiting foreigners (to my knowledge) to "put up" (ha ha) a relatively hard new problem (that had been a bit of a project for us). Anyways they spent a couple of weeks at Tuzgle afterwords and later told me Balcarce ruled over Tuzgle. Just saying.
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Apr 19, 2015 - 05:36am PT
Yanqui,
I am almost certain that the videos' focus was on that GOYL, If you get a chance check out
Her trad climbing,
The production value of these folks work, the music too, is what I like, and see as the top of
The heap of climbing videos.
The better climbing area is always the locals only spot, it is a paradox.
The best climbing is the best kept secret.
yanqui

climber
Balcarce, Argentina
Apr 19, 2015 - 05:47am PT
Nina is a hottie, for sure, and an ace-number-one hard woman to boot. I already watched that video about her free climbing that scary 5.14a multi-pitch in Switzerland and the butterflies fluttered around in my midsection. However, now that I've reached a mature age I realize the only way to preserve the resource here is to get people interested in using it.
Cheers, Gnome!
zBrown

Ice climber
Bruj de la Playa
Apr 19, 2015 - 12:28pm PT
Climbing is technical movement over your chosen medium: be it pebbles, large rock formations (free or aid), clip-ups, chalk cliffs, buildings or ice.

I forget who said it.
tom woods

Gym climber
Bishop, CA
Apr 19, 2015 - 03:57pm PT
When did we start bringing ladders to the boulders?

Also- how long does a ladder have to be left out before I can take it home?
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Jan 12, 2016 - 09:39pm PT
Has the fad of bouldering left us?



No.
Dingus McGee

Social climber
Where Safety trumps Leaving No Trace
Jan 13, 2016 - 05:02am PT
Has the fad of bouldering left us?

For me yes, as falling on rope doesn't depend on would be spotters and not missing the crash pads when I am doing something difficult. Roped climbing/leading on the other hand with bolts and one good belayer keeps me from hitting the deck most of the time.

It seems Jaybro had some gear hit him in the nose?


jgill

Boulder climber
The high prairie of southern Colorado
Jan 13, 2016 - 08:38pm PT
Old gymnasts and old boulderers are lucky if they do not end up with damaged spines. Pads or no pads. I made it up through age 78 as a gymnast-type athlete before being permanently sidelined. Top-roping would have delayed or eliminated this condition. The future will tell the tail . . .
Dingus McGee

Social climber
Where Safety trumps Leaving No Trace
Jan 14, 2016 - 05:06am PT
jgill,

Wisdom doesn't trickle down like money. If we live long enough we will have the data on what type of injury is of the mode set. Are spine injuries the most likely?
David Knopp

Trad climber
CA
Jan 14, 2016 - 09:27am PT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86DO6bcitWU

here's the full movie "Tuzgle." Enjoy.
darkmagus

Mountain climber
San Diego, CA
Jan 14, 2016 - 09:33am PT
With the way that the average boulderer perenially attempts poorly thought-out and inappropriate "training programs", I think a lot of folks' fingers (pulleys) will be unusable long before their spines wear out.
jgill

Boulder climber
The high prairie of southern Colorado
Jan 14, 2016 - 09:40pm PT
Spinal damage, gymnastics and jumping from a height


Gymnastic back injuries
rgold

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Jan 15, 2016 - 12:01am PT
I made it up through age 78 as a gymnast-type athlete before being permanently sidelined.

John, I'm so sorry to hear this. Does this mean you've had to stop doing the body-weight routines you enjoyed?

Some athletes just keep going and going, but I think many more discover that they have sold short aspects of their future health, and when the option calls come in, it turns out that there is a significant price to be paid for the accomplishments of youth.

Youth and the things that drive us being what they are, I also think very few would back off in consideration of a more mobile old age. We drive the old car till it breaks, and then just live with the jalopy for whatever time remains.
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