Bouldering

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Bouldering is a form of rock climbing that is performed on small rock formations or artificial rock walls, known as boulders, without the use of ropes or harnesses.wikipedia
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Mountaineering

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The sport originally was a method of training for roped climbs and mountaineering, so climbers could practice specific moves at a safe distance from the ground.
Indoor climbing, sport climbing and bouldering are usually considered mountaineering as well.

Grade (bouldering)

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Although there have been various rating systems used throughout the history of bouldering, modern problems usually use either the V-scale or the Fontainebleau scale.
In the sport of bouldering, problems are assigned technical grades according to several established systems, which are often distinct from those used in roped climbing.

Rock climbing

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Bouldering is a form of rock climbing that is performed on small rock formations or artificial rock walls, known as boulders, without the use of ropes or harnesses.
Generally speaking, beginners will start with top roping and/or easy bouldering and work their way up to lead climbing and beyond.

Fontainebleau rock climbing

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Although there have been various rating systems used throughout the history of bouldering, modern problems usually use either the V-scale or the Fontainebleau scale.
The region around Fontainebleau in France is particularly famous for its concentrated bouldering areas.

Climbing competition

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In addition, Bouldering competitions take place in both indoor and outdoor settings.
Bouldering competitions consist of climbing short problems without rope, with the emphasis on number of problems completed.

Hueco Tanks

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There are many prominent bouldering areas throughout the United States, including Hueco Tanks in Texas, Mount Evans in Colorado, and The Buttermilks in Bishop, California.
The park consists of three syenite (a weak form of granite) mountains; it is 860 acre in area and is popular for recreation such as birdwatching and bouldering.

The Buttermilks

There are many prominent bouldering areas throughout the United States, including Hueco Tanks in Texas, Mount Evans in Colorado, and The Buttermilks in Bishop, California.
The Buttermilks, or Buttermilk Country, is a well known bouldering destination.

Free solo climbing

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Unlike free solo climbing, which is also performed without ropes, bouldering problems (the sequence of moves that a climber performs to complete the climb) are usually less than 6 meters (20 ft.) tall.
Unlike in bouldering, soloists typically climb above safe heights, where a fall would always result in serious injury or death.

Squamish, British Columbia

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Squamish, British Columbia is one of the most popular bouldering areas in Canada.
In recent years, Squamish has also become a major destination for bouldering, with over 2500 problems described in the local guidebook.

Bishop, California

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There are many prominent bouldering areas throughout the United States, including Hueco Tanks in Texas, Mount Evans in Colorado, and The Buttermilks in Bishop, California. Lucid Dreaming – Bishop, California (USA) – 2010 – First ascent by Paul Robinson, who initially graded it, and later downgraded it. In 2010, together with The game (see above), this was considered to be one of the world's most challenging boulders. Second ascent by Daniel Woods, who confirmed the grade.
There are over 2,000 bouldering problems in Bishop.

International Federation of Sport Climbing

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The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) employs an indoor format– although competitions can also take place in an outdoor setting – that breaks the competition into three rounds: qualifications, semi-finals, and finals.
The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) is the international governing body for the sport of competitive climbing, which consists of the disciplines lead climbing, speed climbing, and bouldering.

Climbing wall

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Bouldering is a form of rock climbing that is performed on small rock formations or artificial rock walls, known as boulders, without the use of ropes or harnesses.
The wall may have places to attach belay ropes, but may also be used to practise lead climbing or bouldering.

Bouldering mat

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While it can be done without any equipment, most climbers use climbing shoes to help secure footholds, chalk to keep their hands dry and provide a firmer grip, and bouldering mats to prevent injuries from falls.
A bouldering mat or crash pad is a foam pad used for protection when bouldering.

Oscar Eckenstein

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Oscar Eckenstein was an early proponent of the activity in the British Isles.
Oscar Johannes Ludwig Eckenstein (9 September 1859 – 1921) was an English rock climber and mountaineer, and a pioneer in the sport of bouldering.

John Gill (climber)

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In the 1960s, American mathematician John Gill pushed the sport further and contributed several important innovations.
He is considered the Father of Modern Bouldering by many climbers.

Adam Ondra

Gioia – Varezze (ITA) – 2008 – First ascent by Italian boulderer Christian Core, who first proposed 8C, "to play things safe". In 2011, Adam Ondra repeated the ascent and wholeheartedly proposed the 8C+ grade, describing the boulder as one of the hardest in the world, together with Terranova (see below).
Adam Ondra (born February 5, 1993) is a Czech professional rock climber, specialising in lead climbing and bouldering.

Dave Graham (climber)

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The story of two worlds – Cresciano (SUI) – January 2005 – First confirmed 8C in history, by Dave Graham. Five years earlier, Fred Nicole had proposed 8C for Dreamtime, on the other side of the same boulder, but most repeaters downgraded it to 8b+ (see below).
Professing to enjoy bouldering the most, he is one of the elite sport climbers and boulderers of his generation.

Pierre Allain

One of those athletes, Pierre Allain, invented the specialized shoe used for rock climbing.
In the 1930s he was joined by several others at Fontainebleau, where his group of "'Bleausards" developed a love of bouldering that went beyond simple training for the Alps.

Fontainebleau

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Europe also hosts a number of bouldering sites, such as Fontainebleau in France, Albarracín in Spain, and various mountains throughout Switzerland.
The forest is also well regarded for bouldering and is particularly popular among climbers, as the biggest developed area of that kind in the world.

Boulder

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Bouldering is a form of rock climbing that is performed on small rock formations or artificial rock walls, known as boulders, without the use of ropes or harnesses.
The climbing of large boulders is called bouldering.

Glossary of climbing terms

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He used a heel-hook to make the brutal start sequence easier, and downgraded the problem to easy 8b+.
: A grading system for bouldering problems, invented by John Gill.

Daniel Woods

The Game – Boulder, Colorado (USA) – 2010 – First ascent by Daniel Woods, who originally graded it . Second ascent in 2013 by Carlo Traversi, who proposed. Lucid Dreaming – Bishop, California (USA) – 2010 – First ascent by Paul Robinson, who initially graded it, and later downgraded it. In 2010, together with The game (see above), this was considered to be one of the world's most challenging boulders. Second ascent by Daniel Woods, who confirmed the grade.
Daniel Woods (born August 1, 1989 in Richardson, Texas) is an American professional climber who specializes in bouldering.

Nalle Hukkataival

:*Burden of Dreams – Lappnor ([[Finland|]]) – October 2016 – Grade proposed by Nalle Hukkataival after several years of trials.
He specializes in bouldering.

Jan Hojer

Notable exceptions are Jan Hojer and Christian Core, who confirmed the 8C rating.
He is known for winning one World Cup and two European Championships in bouldering.

Paul Robinson (climber)

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Lucid Dreaming – Bishop, California (USA) – 2010 – First ascent by Paul Robinson, who initially graded it, and later downgraded it. In 2010, together with The game (see above), this was considered to be one of the world's most challenging boulders. Second ascent by Daniel Woods, who confirmed the grade.
Paul David Robinson (born August 28, 1987) is an American professional rock climber who specializes in bouldering.