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 boulderer (audio) \ noun

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V11s and V12s—just a few grades below the hardest bouldering problems in the world—followed. Katie Arnold, Outside Online, "The Prodigy: Ashima Shiraishi," 3 Apr. 2018 The gym, Armadillo Boulders, will offer a type of rock climbing called bouldering, which doesn’t require ropes and harnesses and usually allows climbers to ascend shorter distances, in this case 15 feet, with falls broken by thick pads. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio joins other Texas cities with its own standalone bouldering gym," 11 July 2018 At the 49-room Basecamp Boulder, start your day on the bouldering wall and end it by grabbing a s’mores kit to roast at the hotel’s patio firepits. Sunset, "One Perfect Day in Boulder," 22 Jan. 2018 The first Baltimore City site for Earth Treks will include a 20,000-square-foot indoor climbing gym and facilities for bouldering, a form of rock climbing on large boulders without the use of weight-bearing equipment. Lorraine Mirabella,, "Earth Treks climbing gym will open Wednesday at Union Collective complex in Medfield," 5 June 2018 After attending a friend’s birthday party at a rock climbing gym, 8-year-old Sadie Hipps convinced her mom to take an after-school trip to a new bouldering gym near her neighborhood. Allison Bagley, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Reaches New Heights," 23 May 2018 At Momentum’s other location in Katy (25410 Katy Mills Parkway), visitors can choose from harnessed rock climbing and unharnessed bouldering. Allison Bagley, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Reaches New Heights," 23 May 2018 As the ClimbAID team sets up the bouldering station, Sonya motions to the growing crowd of children and teenagers to gather round. Bronwen Dickey, Popular Mechanics, "The Lost Kids on the Line," 14 Mar. 2018 The indoor climbing gym offers 75 ropes that reach up to 32 feet and features a challenging bouldering tunnel. Sonja Haller, azcentral, "Ultimate Arizona bucket list: 10 things to do in Peoria," 30 Jan. 2015

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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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