Some of the best bouldering problems in the Southeast can be found deep in the forests, hidden behind acres of thick rhododendron. Fortunately, routes to many of these spots have been cleared by pioneers like trail builder and problem developer Jim Horton, who helped pave the way to make bouldering an established sport. He also organized the Triple Crown bouldering series nearly a quarter-century ago and convinced the private Hound Ears development in Blowing Rock to open their gates for the event one day a year. Today, bouldering isn’t the fringe sport it once was, and Horton is thrilled to see it open to more climbers than ever.

Previous Pioneer

Ted "Cave Dog" Keizer

Next Pioneer

Ann Davis