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date: 12 August 2020


Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport

Buildering—a combination of the words “bouldering” and “building”—is the activity of climbing urban structures, often without safety equipment. A dangerous, mostly illegal activity, buildering first rose to prominence in the US along with the rise of the skyscraper at the beginning of the twentieth century, although an earlier form known as “roof climbing” first began in Cambridge, England, in the late 1800s. For many urban climbers, official disapproval is the bonus that separates buildering from other types of climbing. ...

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