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The Future of Bouldering?

Most seem to agree it's very difficult to see short power problems getting a whole lot harder. There simply seems to be a limit to what physically possible to hang on to, even for mutants - skin will be skin after all, and friction can only help you that much.

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What does the future of bouldering look like?

Obviously, this is impossible to know, but let’s speculate a bit…

<em>The Sisu Project</em>. Photo courtesy Nalle Hukkataival” src=”https://d1vs4ggwgd7mlq.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/Article-Images/News-Photos/bouldering_1.jpg” />Most seem to agree it’s very difficult to see short power problems getting a whole lot harder. There simply seems to be a limit to what physically possible to hang on to, even for mutants – skin will be skin after all, and friction can only help you that much.</p>
<div>Maybe a single move can’t be much harder than say ~8B? Paul Robinson says one of the moves on his<em> Lucid Dreaming</em> is in the ~8B range, and I can’t think of one that is said to be harder. This being UKC, I’m pretty sure some of you firmly believe some of the moves on Gaskins’ problems are quite a bit harder, though. Possibly that’s the case.</p>
<p>Of course, I’m not implying there is no room for development, only that it’s limited and will probably be slow.<br />But then again, never say never, look at what Usain Bolt did to 100 m!</p>
<p>So, this leaves us the slightly longer and the long boulder problems. Several hard sections, one after the other without any rests is bound to be hard. We already have several problems like that. <em>Gioia, Terranova, The Story of Two Worlds, Hydrangea, Angama</em>, all in the ~8C/8C+-range spring to mind. And by all means, let’s not forget about Jan Hojer’s yellow boulder at Frechen!</p>
<p>Just for fun, because this really doesn’t mean anything, I’ve come up with three examples of projects that could represent “the next level”. I’m sure there are many more out there.</p>
<p><strong>Nalle Hukkataival’s <em>Sisu project</em> near Helsinki, Finland</strong></div>
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