from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Sports Basic or intermediate climbing carried out on relatively small rocks that can be traversed without great risk of bodily harm in case of a fall.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Climbing, without ropes, on large boulders or boulder-sized objects.
  • v. Present participle of boulder.


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  • I still like top rope better than bouldering; bouldering is all about the upper body strength and the explosive power, and I am (a) a girl and (b) stocky and (c) fat and (d) old, things which collectively make it all the more difficult (Guys like bouldering.

    and those of us with ravaged faces, lacking in the social graces--

  • Instead I see the province promoting "bouldering" — think rock-climbing, but smaller — and such oddball fare as the Festival of Extraordinary Teapots.

    Nova Scotia, Mon Amour

  • This is how we were lighting some "bouldering" photos (more on that in a later post) and I went in close for a portrait-scale shot.


  • The boulders will give the most realistic experience of "bouldering," said Keith Franklin, owner of LandPlan Consultants and a design consultant for the improvement project.


  • In 2009, I helped start the Teton Boulder Project, a grassroots effort to build a bouldering park in downtown Jackson.

    Christian Beckwith: Adventropy: Adventure Philanthropy at Work

  • In fact, last night with elbie_at_trig and thingo I made a Bold Assertion: a year from now, I'll be in good enough shape to go climbing at the campus bouldering wall.

    Theatre Review: "Arcadia" by Tom Stoppard

  • Sadly, I do not have a lot of courage for bouldering, but I am doing better than I was, and it was really, really good to get out and climb.

    (originally, i typed "him.")

  • I showed up a little early and did some casual bouldering and traversing, then re-sent a tricky, physically challending 5.7 thaqt pretty much pumped my forearms all by itself.

    when you think of fallen skies remember there are a million ways to die

  • I still kind of suck at bouldering (I'm such a coward at the top of a problem, when I'm tired and it's fifteen feet to the ground) but I did manage five (I think?)

    it's astounding. time is fleeting.

  • This morning, I went climbing with a friend of the mighty Kij's (just bouldering, as we were pressed for time) at Seattle's Stone Gardens climbing gym.

    (originally, i typed "him.")


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  • "The future of bouldering will decipher its grade but I can assure you that it will never be seen as a pile or climb not worth trying." - Paul Robinson discusses the grading of Lucid Dreaming as 8C+ on his blog

    December 15, 2010