Bouldering & The Vertical Path
The Evolution of the Sport from the 1800s through the 1960s & Reflections of a 3rd Class Climber
by John Gill
The book is in two parts: the Origins of Bouldering (the only researched history of the sport in existence), and Reflections & Commentary (personal comments and recollections of the author). This is the extended book version of two sections of www.johngill.net.
Included also are essays by the author describing solo adventures after the age of fifty. The book is published as a service to the climbing community - the author makes no profit from its sales.
A longtime boulderer and rock climber who has researched the origins of these sports.