boul·​der·​ing | \ ˈbōl-d(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce bouldering (audio) \

Definition of bouldering

: the sport of rock climbing on large boulders or low cliffs

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Other Words from bouldering

boulder intransitive verb
boulderer \ ˈbōl-​d(ə-​)rər How to pronounce bouldering (audio) \ noun

Examples of bouldering in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With racing slides and a small bouldering wall for little scramblers, this at-home playground also offers tots a cool clubhouse to hide out in and monkey bars for swinging from. Krystin Arneson, CNN Underscored, "Save big on home improvements during The Home Depot’s early Black Friday sale," 6 Nov. 2020 These natural rock shelters in the Appalachian foothills are renowned for their bouldering, a type of rock climbing without ropes and harnesses. Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, "Such great heights: 10 great places to learn to rock climb, from Idaho to Maine," 17 Oct. 2020 Aggressive shoes drive all the power to your toes and are best at overhangs and bouldering. Will Egensteiner, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Rock Climbing Shoes," 29 Oct. 2020 With 53,000 square feet, the massive facility has a dedicated bouldering area, a cadre of climbing instructors and even extras like childcare and yoga. Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, "Such great heights: 10 great places to learn to rock climb, from Idaho to Maine," 17 Oct. 2020 For those who want to stay closer to the ground, Basecamp also has a 7,000-square-foot indoor bouldering park with a separate area for younger climbing junkies. Erinne Magee, Travel + Leisure, "You Can Climb the Tallest Outdoor Artificial Climbing Wall in the U.S. in Reno," 19 Sep. 2020 Beyond shows online classes at their university, workshops on personal finance and songwriting, and activities like trail runs and bouldering. Rachel Leingang, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona summer camp transforms to experimental college campus as COVID-19 forces universities online," 3 Sep. 2020 Eldorado Canyon has hundreds of rock climbing routes, and the trail will take you past cutoffs to a bouldering area at 0.2 mile and RinconWall at 0.6 mile. Danika Worthington, The Know, "5 waterfall hikes near Denver to re-energize yourself," 19 June 2020 This Pearl District gem is 30,500 square feet of custom Walltopia designs up to 55 feet high, featuring both top roping and bouldering. Sunset Magazine, "Solar Power, Stained Glass and Slacklines: These Are the Coolest Climbing Gyms," 26 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of bouldering

1920, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bouldering was in 1920

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“Bouldering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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