MEDFORD -- If you've never heard of bouldering, you soon will. It is one of the newest sports to be entered into the Olympic Games. Bouldering will be in a trial phase (where the Games can see what type of ratings the sport generates) in Tokyo in 2020. Local boulderer
Peter Dixon is one of the athletes at the forefront of this movement.
"I had always been getting into trouble climbing really high up trees and having people call the fire department on me, because I was a little kid 100 feet up in these giant redwoods," Dixon said.
He took up the sport after his step father got into it in his early 50s. Where his step dad got into the sport late, he got into the sport early and has been improving ever since.
That's easier said than done as bouldering can be explained as rock climbing from side to side without a harness. It's physically demanding on the upper body and on the hands.
Now, Dixon competes internationally, something he has been working toward for a long time.
"I can compete on a world stage and feel comfortable," Dixon said.
In the coming years, he will see if that comfort level leads to a berth in the 2020 Olympic Games. It is certainly something Dixon has on his mind.
"It [reaching the Olympics] would be a dream come true," Dixon said, "It would be really, really cool."
For more information on Dixon, or if you would like to try bouldering out yourself, you can check out Dixon's website here.