It will be the story about how and when the BBproject starts.
4-meter boulder I was passing by every day on my way to the university is only a static element of the landscape. So that’s why, exactly on that university campus, there stands a father of all Beijing boulders.
placed at a gate in front of a big fancy hotel off a very busy street. Right at the gate there is seriously-looking, uniformed guy, 24/7 on guard. I had some reservations, so it took me four months of “looking
and touching” before I decided to come over with climbing shoes and a chalk bag. The first attempt was made on December 6, 2007 right after the sunset. This night is the official date when the BeijingBoulders project started and also the date of the first ascent of the Padre boulder.
What has happened afterwards is not a story of a great development and outstanding results that we can see in the TV news here in China every day. The idea was constantly evolving in my head, but I was always not confident enough to push it forward. I was looking for a support among local climbers, but in the following moths I was only able to find someone to climb with once. Is that what is cool and exciting for me, stupid and dull for other people? Thoughts like those were running through my had at that time. So I was cruising around Beijing, marking boulders on a map, but I wasn’t really climbing them. I decided to start this website on the 2012 New Year’s Eve. I have put the BB
project on my agenda for this year and what’s there, simply has to be done.
For the time being there is 14 described boulders. On my map I have ten more and they will be described here soon. In my head there is over twenty more of them. In Beijing several hundred. Some of them are very hard to reach, like that in front of the People’s Court, but getting to such places is just a part of the game. The game you’re invited to join!