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  1. #1
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    Is Bouldering Dead?

    I boulder as a seasonal warm-up/wrap-up, recon new areas or a lovely afternoon on the stone. When I started visiting Leavenworth/Icicle Creek Canyon, popular zones were busy AF. Now, i see small groups here and there, now and then and the parking lots are empty. I'm just curious what others are seeing in their areas. Also, not looking to compare US to the rest of the World ....

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    Over here in Europe (you didn't want to hear that) it's booming more than ever. Gyms growing like mushrooms and owners have been carrying Cash out in wheelbarrows.

    Magic wood has become a Zoo.
    It's a war of the mind and we're armed to the teeth.

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    they’ve probably just moved on to some other spot. boulderer all have to go to the same spot. you know it takes one guy to do the problem, another to film, another guy to work the bluetooth, two to sleep in hammocks etc. that parking lot is full!
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    a Young climber/ musician bro calls bouldering the acoustic version of rock climbing
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    Quote Originally Posted by romeo tango View Post
    I boulder as a seasonal warm-up/wrap-up, recon new areas or a lovely afternoon on the stone. When I started visiting Leavenworth/Icicle Creek Canyon, popular zones were busy AF. Now, i see small groups here and there, now and then and the parking lots are empty. I'm just curious what others are seeing in their areas. Also, not looking to compare US to the rest of the World ....
    Wow, that's really surprising. The Icicle was where I learned to climb and I all but stopped going there in the past few years because it was such a zoo. Maybe everyone else is avoiding it for the same reasons? Post-hype window?

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    alive and kicking here in tahoe. but the guides are 5 thick books deep and much of the development is new so it doesn't seem crowded at all
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    I feel like it is more popular than ever? Millennials and Gen Z are huge into climbing and bouldering is very much the entry level of the sport. No equipment aside from shoes. Low skill threshold for starting. Just get to a gym or crag and climb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoadHeadBill View Post
    or crag and climb.
    That seems like a baad idea if you're not in Fontainebleau. Breaking and spraining your limbs is a given if you don't use pads in anything but a flat sandbottom landing.
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    You went to Leavenworth in the middle of June and was surprised there weren't more boulderers? We've only gone in September/October or in March/April/May. Although I'm sure you could boulder there in June most of the crowds have moved on.

    It's more popular than ever and it really plays into the younger people and their affinity for posting stupid social media shit about how rad they are. As a boulderer from back when we got made fun of I definitely miss being ignored.

    There is no way in hell I'm bouldering without pads and you should at least have something to wipe your climbing shoes on before sticking them on the problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by concretejungle View Post
    As a boulderer from back when we got made fun of I definitely miss being ignored.
    Don't worry, some of us still make fun of you pebble wrestling weirdos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by concretejungle View Post

    There is no way in hell I'm bouldering without pads and you should at least have something to wipe your climbing shoes on before sticking them on the problems.
    I was Assuming that everyone has a piece of cloth to clean their shoes, but maybe I've become too much of an Bleausard over the years that I thought this is a given.
    It's a war of the mind and we're armed to the teeth.

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    I can't even fathom the V #'s on these:

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    Damn. Where's the line between a high-ball and a free solo? A couple of those definitely straddled it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Supermoon View Post
    Damn. Where's the line between a high-ball and a free solo? A couple of those definitely straddled it.
    Like porn, it's hard to define but you know it when you see it.

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    Bouldering

    Not where we live. I'm not into it but with Yosemite 1.5 hours away, Columbia, Tahoe corridors and Bishop all a few hours away the younger climbers are still way into it!

    Less people at the sport crags!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MakersTeleMark View Post
    I can't even fathom the V #'s on these:

    One of my favorite bouldering videos, so many interesting problems out there...
    Last edited by mst1228; 02-20-2023 at 03:52 PM. Reason: forgot quote

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