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This is not so much a geographic area as it is a placeholder for buildering sites used by people who climb at Devil's Lake. "Buildering" is bouldering on a building. Check out the Boulder, CO site and look at "CU Campus" for some great examples. So, do you know of any great buildings for buildering? Put them here!

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I would like to suggest that posts to this list mention the "bust" (getting caught) danger of climbing on ththese buildings.

the buildering on the campus of Colorado University is excellent. The bust factor here is really low as well, everyone is climbing those buildings.

Good buildering exists in East Lansing, Michigan on the campus of Michigan State Universtiy.

- the Back side of the Chem. Building has a 80 some odd foot traverse that tops out at about 12 feet high. Painful crimpers. Very low bust factor, as the wall in question is has no roads facing it.

Good Buildering in Kalamazoo, Michigan as well. The grand archway on the East campus of Western Michigan University, features a high hand traverse over a door way over looking the kalamazoo river valley. The author has been busted here, and the cops drive by this route all the time.

A couple of good routes on the campus of Kalamazoo College as well. A nice chimney to a mantle is worth it if your in town. Very low bust factor here.

-more to come as i climb them. Jul 25, 2002
Carol College academic buildings (not dorms) between east av and barstow (where barstow "T"'s). This thing is maybe 50ft of straight vertical (of course) and it has unevenly spaced ledges dotting the side of the building. This thing is maybe 5.9+. the problem is that there is no safe top-out and you must downclimb too. Top-out would consist of a roof (a real one, heh) that is maybe only 3feet, but your throwing your weight onto a gutter. Gutter may, or may not, be solid. I won't try the gutter. Cop factor (in buildering terms) of a V3 maybe.

Other assorted, but not as committing.

I live in Waukesha, but don't go to school at Carol. Jul 31, 2002
This for people in Chicago, there are 4 bridges in Lincoln Park at and around the Montrose / Wilson exits from Lake Shore Drive. Each bridge has 4 sections to boulder on, up to 20 feet high and can be made as easy or as difficult as you like. Good traversing also but be wary of the corners, people piss over there I think! Oct 26, 2002
Devils lake southshore bouldering area- there is a bathroom, to the right if you're looking at the boulders from the parking lot. Around the back there is a door with an overhanging roof. SDS climb up the door hindges, and work your way under the roof using either of the 4x4 supports,(light is off) throw for the roof, and hold on. after that, heel hook and mantle. if you miss you land flat on your back. Crazy route! Nov 4, 2002
Jay Knower
Campton, NH
Jay Knower   Campton, NH  
The bridge where the railroad crosses Broadway (just down the road from Conways) has some splitter cracks going up the cement abutments. The Conway's side crack is very thin and very hard...the other side, the Pool side crack accepts fingers, though the cement is pretty sharp. Tape is recomended, as is a lookout for the prowling cop cars at bar time. Nov 5, 2002
how is buildering done?? Nov 24, 2003
Illinois State university buildering pictures!

livejournal.com/users/kjman… the link these pictures are worth looking at :)

I Am just finishing my freshmen year here in Normal Illinois and recently have become more and more interested in buildering and parqour. I created a site hoping thait it would encourage people who are new to the sport(like me!) Buildering=observing surroundings-planning a route-climbing-Conquering! Routes of varying difficulty levels can be found anywhere! beginner and expert climbers need not look far to find exciting climbspace. With increased strength and confidence you can always up the intensity and climb higher into the danger zone. Although its easy to find fun routes under 15 feet, oftentimes builderers find themselves in situations where one slip could mean injury or death. The feeling that comes with conquering the physical and mental challenge of a climb are amazing! So go out and get your HIGH! I plan on adding more to this site;) May 7, 2005
Colin Erskine
Madison, WI
Colin Erskine   Madison, WI
Well lets start off with state street. I have gotten on many buildings there just climb up the bricks on a corner like State and Gorham there is a tan brick building with large edges just up past the parking lot of Uno's. I climbed 10ft in like 3sec, and im sure i could of done more.I would also try the business building on UW campus right on Johnson, the edges are very big and i could see some traversing easy on it. Also my project that i want to do, is the walking bridge over university ave connecting to the art building. The pillers are perfect and they have big ol edges... the only problem i have is getting to railings and over, i think its a huge leap, you will deff need a spoter and or pad, and you will prob have to do it at night. But there are so many buildings and dorms at UW that you can climb. Observatory drive has some nice buildings and parking garages i have to scope it out more. Oct 3, 2005
JJ Schlick
Flagstaff, AZ
JJ Schlick   Flagstaff, AZ  
If you're looking for a classic, Two Pump Chump is not to be missed. Just east of State street on University Ave. is a parking ramp. Go into the alley untill you see the backsides of the stores. Find a pillar split with a perfect hand crack. Climb the crack to it's end, undercling to a perfect "natural" crimp, and then again to the top of the top. Gotta top it out. It has been years since I did it. It might be v4ish. Brought out the shoes and chalk. There was no such thing as commercial pads back then, but the thing is rather tall. Jun 4, 2006
Keenan Knight
Eau Claire, WI
Keenan Knight   Eau Claire, WI
I have started to develop buildering problems in the Eau Claire area A few pretty sick high ball problems. Any takers??? Jan 11, 2010
Devon Hummer
Burlington, WI
Devon Hummer   Burlington, WI
Building on the corner of Calhoun and Capitol in Brookfield WI offers some decent routes. Seems to be good quality and unlikley to break off during a climb. vertical wall of 15-25 feet and various sections surrounding the whole building that if your creative enough should offer a few hours of solid buildering. Right across from the newish fire department and play ground and probably about 5 minutes from ADrock headed east toward milwaukee. the bust factor is high during buisness hours or daylight however lights on the building make climbing at night without a headlamp possible. Apr 5, 2016