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?
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.
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.
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.