John Gill pioneered the "vertical path" and opened the world of bouldering to the explosive potential that lay dormant at its core. The beauty of movement and flow which Gill pursued, became one of the staples of bouldering and has led to similar pursuits, in some form or fashion, by countless other following in his wake.
Not to discredit mountaineering or big wall climbing but the compact and precise nature of bouldering condenses the escapades of longer routes where a climber might encounter hundreds of feet of 5.7 before hitting the crux and being forced to commit. Boiling down the height and movement into a few precious moves, amplifies the necessity of route reading and execution, leading to better climbers and climbs.
This blog is a chapter book of my escapades in and around the Front Range Bouldering. Flagstaff, Morrison, Three Sisters and eventually Rocky Mountain National Park will all be explored, along with any and all hidden gems and secret projects I am made privy to.
There is no bouldering committee, no national rankings or grading systems. Routes are graded on difficulty by a consensus, each climber who sends a problem has an opportunity to grade it. In my experience, most of the older routes are severely sandbagged, leading to heightened expectations and hinting at the grit bouldering pioneers possessed.
I will attempt to bypass the cultural rift that exists within the ideological community because in my experience there is no conflict. All climbers follow different paths and strive to achieve personal goals, be it in competitions or in the solitude of nature.
For me climbing is only half the game though. Finding the spots and routes is a chance to explore. Scouting new rocks offers the taste of development and prestige of climbing untouched rock. I assume others have similar feelings toward first ascents, otherwise the sport would not have developed and the major peaks would be unexplored. Difficulty aside, all climbers want to climb their best and are searching for the sense of accomplishment found at the top of a rock with a pounding heart. No one climbs "because its there," we climb because something inside ourselves challenges the limit of what can be done.