A bit about the origins of bouldering

For those of you who think bouldering is a recent occurrence in climbing history, think again. 

Info credit to John Gill and photo credit to British Mountaineering by Claude E. Benson, 1909

There are documented accounts of bouldering that go back at least as far as the 1870s, according to John Gill. 


It’s equally enlightening to see that “practice climbing,” training on man-made climbing wall structures, even in the US was coming of age in the 1930s in places like Washington.

Shurman Rock – photo credit Seattle Parks


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