Jul 17, 2001, 12:16 AM
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Registered: Jul 1, 2001
I get the impression that many view bouldering as just training for climbing, which it can be, but for many people it is a primary focus of climbing.
Think about the goals of climbing and how they suit the style. If you get off on the thrill of hights and breath taking senic views, then obviously cimbing some pissant little rock in the middle of the woods won't satistfy. In this case, multi-pitch trad is probably your best bet.
However, if you are mostly into the purity of the flowing moves, or if you only like the crux's of climbs then bouldering is the ultimate in climbing activity. I think using bouldering as training forms bad habits and conditioning for climbing. Alot of people who train on bouldering accidentally overdo it and gain a crap load of power but lose their endurance and can't do rowts over 20 feet.
I happen to love trad, sport, top rope, and bouldering so I see them all as true rock climbing, and all artistic and worthwhile in their own merrit.