Why some roped climbers poke fun at boulderers

  1. Now this is some classic pebble wrangling. It's funny, most of my friends who learned to climb indoors love bouldering in the gym and roped climbing outside. I'm still trying to convey the joy of a short, grunty, contrived problem like this and just haven't been able to do it.

  2. climbing has a long tradition of crusty old men (im 53) mocking the current generation. there's a couple even on this thread. its usually all in fun tho.

  3. I got asked if I was there for “climbing or bouldering” (real reason is for permit numbers) a couple weeks ago on my way into a park. So clearly even the staff know there’s a difference :)

  4. It's not about the destination, but the way to it. Which, in bouldering is the hardest ever possible. It's like someone would poke at calisthenics muscle up as "you can get over the bar more easily" and also it's pointless to get over the bar 3x10 times per week :D but it's incredibly healthy.

  5. I thought this video was going to poke more fun at it, and have someone jump up on the rock and celebrate with the climber. 😂

  6. When I started climbing I thought bouldering was just like a practice area where people climbed when they didn't have a partner to do proper rope climbing. Now I like it substantially more than rope climbing. The puzzleness is just so much fun and it's simple as hell and all you really need are shoes and chalk.

  7. I don't know, you do you. It's like comparing sprinters and long distance runners and saying "It's basically the same, they both run!".

  8. i think thats reasonable. and exactly. i think its safe to say that most of us are just trying to have fun doing what inspires us.

  9. Anyone who thinks any form of contemporary climbing isn't contrived is delusional. Alpinism has the potential to be least contrived, then you look at the shit show on everest and you realize it's all stupid from the outside looking in. This certainly is a funny emphasis on the contrived nature of bouldering though. Roped climbing finishing at the chains is just as arbitrary if you think about it, if not more, with boulders you at least top something.

  10. I think it’s a great combo to do both. Bouldering helps a lot to train your body to figure out how to overcome the crux. I spent some time only bouldering & felt a lot of difference in my performance when I faced different problems during climbing.

  11. And golf. Seriously golf is just so frustratingly stupid and contrived for no reason, yet it's one of the biggest sports on the planet. Agree on all your points.

  12. I was once chatting with two guys in the bouldering section, and one of them was giving me a hard time for wanting to ride a unicycle for short commutes. My explanations fell flat until his friend turns to him and says "why not just use a ladder?". That gave both of us a better understanding of what I was trying to say.

  13. I think sit starts are great, they mean we get to do all the moves low on the rock too, and have lower fall risk

  14. for sure. when other climbers belittle bouldering i am reminded of the scene in American Psycho where Christian Bale's character is explaining why Huey Lewis and the News are a great band.

  15. I mean, as long as you know that what you're doing is contrived and dumb I don't see a problem with enjoying yourself while doing it?

  16. I’m two weeks into bouldering but also under the impression that people don’t tend to get killed doing bouldering, unlike roped climbing. Bouldering suits me just fine.

  17. Funny how people deal in absolutes. You die or you don’t! IME the rate of injury is much higher in bouldering than sport climbing. Death is my least fear while on a rope.

  18. I fail to see the problem/pun- just because you aren't 30 feet in the air with a rope to save you doesn't mean it's not climbing. Falling on other rocks still hurts!

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