boul·​der·​ing ˈbōl-d(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce bouldering (audio)
: the sport of rock climbing on large boulders or low cliffs
boulder intransitive verb
boulderer noun

Examples of bouldering in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other additions to the five-acre property include state-of-the-art facilities geared towards younger children and teens alike, which will offer activities such as skating and bouldering. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 10 Nov. 2023 Winter in Joshua Tree National Park is a mecca for rock climbers who take advantage of bouldering while the granite is cool. Sarah L. Stewart, Travel + Leisure, 19 Oct. 2023 The gym focuses on bouldering because of its often collaborative nature. Miranda Jeyaretnam, The Indianapolis Star, 21 July 2023 This pair from Keen can handle anything on a hike, from rocky creeks to dry bouldering. Kristy Alpert, Travel + Leisure, 22 June 2023 Inside, there are over 2,000 square feet of open-play area, 1,200 square feet of indoor bouldering space and four full-time staff members, including executive director Brent Freeman. Daniela Franco Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 24 June 2022 Belle's 18 sites — for tents or RVs — are in the Pinto Basin, close to Castle Rock, another popular bouldering spot. Maya Kachroo-Levine, Travel + Leisure, 17 Apr. 2023 There are more than 1,500 routes (and counting, as climbers continue to explore) on the gorge’s tall sandstone cliffs, not to mention the ever-expanding bouldering scene within the park. Graham Averill, Outside Online, 19 July 2021 Grossman, the top qualifier in the final, made all four final bouldering problems posted on an outdoor climbing wall at SLC Industry look nearly effortless on her way to her first World Cup victory. The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 May 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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 21 Feb. 2024.

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