Top 5 Legendary Bouldering Routes for Climbers to Attempt

Top 5 Legendary Bouldering Routes for Climbers to Attempt

Guest Post by Brandon Villatoro (Travel Experta’s son)

Bouldering is my definite first choice for climbing indoor and out door.

Here’s a list, in my opinion of:

Top 5 Classic and Famous Bouldering Routes in the World

Midnight Lightning Boulder in Yosemite, California –  V8/7b+

This is considered to be the most famous bouldering route in the world.

It is located in Yosemite National Park, CA. The first ascent was in 1978 by Ron Kauk.

The first female ascent was in 1998 by Lynn Hill.

Horizon V15/8c Bouldering route in Japan

Horizon is a V15 route in Japan.

It is considered one of the longest bouldering route on a roof. Most of the moves are on a crack and then it tops out.

The first ascent was by Dai Koyomada. The second ascent was actually the first female ascent of a V15 ever by Ashima Shiraishi.

White Rastafarian V2/5+ in Joshua Tree, California

According to John Long it’s “Sort of the birth of highballing out in Josh.”

Its an easy route but it’s an old and historic route. 

Burden of Dreams Located in Finland V17/9a

This is the hardest boulder out there right now.

The first 9a/V17 ever.

First ascent was by Nalle Hukkataival a professional rock climber from Finland.

This boulder only has about 4 holds and they are credit card holds on an overhanging boulder.

Dream Time in Cresciano, Switzerland V15/8c

It is the first V15 in the world climbed by Fred Nicole in Cresciano, Switzerland.

It took him an entire season to finish it.

This grade was the highest bouldering grade for a long time until  Daniel Woods would put up Creature from the Black Lagoon, the first V16.

Which one have you done? Or are ready to tackle?

Find the list of the top 5 climbing routes from around the world.

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Top 5 Classic and Famous Bouldering Routes in the World

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