The origins of bouldering

Posted: March 14, 2014 by kirisyko in Bouldering, Climbing
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Bristol Climbing Academy co-director  Rich Emerson, left,   and instructor Tom Holding (also below)

Bristol Climbing Academy co-director Rich Emerson, left, and instructor Tom Holding (also below)

 

Rock climbing emerged as sport in the mid-1880s, but bouldering has been around only since the 1920s. It started in an area of France around Fontainebleau, where rock climbers preparing for big ascents in the Alps repeatedly used the sandstone boulders in the area to practise their moves.

Artificial climbing walls first bean to pop up in the 1980s, together with the use of crash mats.

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Read more: http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/origins-bouldering/story-20810863-detail/story.html#ixzz2vvi408hs

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