alternate routes

2011

I have been working on a manual for how culture and community is created through the sport of rock climbing, particularly through “bouldering,” which is a sect of the sport concentrated on technical movements at low heights, using only “crash pads” and human “spotters” to prevent injury.  Bouldering is an intensely laborious type of active leisure that provides a unique experience of self-awareness through a rigorous connection to a given environment.  As these experiences are shared between climbers, community is created.  Using the culturally understood format for a bouldering guidebook, I have fabricated a manual that points out new approaches to the relationship between foot transit and the constructed environment on my college campus.  The goal of the book is to provide and share exciting experiences through new methods of navigating the campus and experiencing the constructed environment.