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Tons of cool problems abound here. Most are either long endurance traverses or short crimp moves on vertical wall. Use these as a small guide, but half the fun of the place is just looking for cool problems that you make up. Walk through on a weekday afternoon, and students walking to and from class share the same space as people clinging to the walls. To be honest, we don't even know if it's legal to climb around here; however, we've never been busted and nobody we know has. Do NOT do problems involving stepping on knobs while traversing doorways. Boulderers have already broken one door handle in this fashion. The names for the routes here are contrived by us, and are not considered first ascents in any manner.

Getting There

From US36, head W. on Colorado to the giant concrete structure known as the E-center. It is on the Southwest corner of Colorado and Regent. The buildering is on the inside walls of the courtyard. Parking around here is difficult to find; most weekday afternoons require change. Watch out for the parking enforcers - they are vicious and show no mercy.

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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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Plummer's Crack
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5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c V2 5+
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Plummer's Crack
V0- 4- Boulder
High Exposure
V0 4 Boulder
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c V2 5+ Boulder
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Let's not advertise EC boulder problems on this BB, please. The more attention we bring to bouldering done at the EC, the more likely it is to get shut down. And do we really need somebody to tell us exactly where these problems are? Let's just leave it at "...under the building." That's more fun, anyways. Nov 11, 2001
There is, in fact, a CU regulation against climbing on any of the buildings. As far as the Engineering Center is concerned, the University is well aware that people climb there and doesn't seem to care. The rule is really only enforced if somone is creating a disturbance or getting carried away on one of the other buildings (don't top out). People have been climbing here for at least thirty years, so as long as we are low key about it, there is no reason to expect problems. Just use some common sense: don't bring your eight friends, loud radio, bong, and three dogs. And if someone (a professor, etc.) seems really pissed that you are there, be cooperative, leave and come back another day. Apr 9, 2003
Aron Quiter
Oakland, CA
Aron Quiter   Oakland, CA  
I don't think that climbing is actually illegal on the CU campus. I remember reading oncea long while ago in my CU handbook that is was only illegal to climb over 15' off theground. This (I think) is to prevent people from going on the rooftops of buildings. TheEngineering center is RIGHT accross from the police station, and I've climbed there inFRONT of cops at 4am, and they don't ever seem to care. Maybe they are overlooking thelaws, but it's not my general experience with campus police that ANYTHING they see that'sillegal gets overlooked, with the huge exception of the 4:20 fest at folsom.

Why stop posting climbs under the center? If you want to read them, read them! If youdon't, don't print them out. Maybe someone will have a good story to tell about a route,and it can provide entertainment for some random reader. No offense to anyone, and happyclimbing! Jun 13, 2003
William McGehee
Choctaw, OK
William McGehee   Choctaw, OK
To clarify: Climbing ANYWHERE at ANY height on the buildings at CU is considered highly illegal.

Situation: Last semester (Spring '03) I was an RA on the Engineering Quad, of all places. I was in the process of moving out and after I turned in my key, someone decided to take out the chock in the East door of Crosman Hall. I had to climb into my room on the third floor (not a first) to get my crap out since I was the last person on the Quad at move-out time. Five minutes later as I was putting stuff in my car (which I parked on the sidewalk next to the door.....) two cops came up to my friend and I with death grips on their sidearms. After some conversation as I sat on the curb I was told that someone reported a buglary. My identity was vouched for (I got fired afterwards...), but the cops told me that had I been seen on the building by them, they would have approached me with weapons drawn and would have been really pissed...

Moral of the story: Don't climb in visible spots during the day, and don't make a HUGE scene (see Rich's imagery) while students are ANYWHERE near. Just be inadvertent and inconspicuous. Sep 30, 2003
Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
Tony B   Around Boulder, CO
Any Keystone Cop that approaches a person on a wall with weapons drawn is the one who should be fired. While what you did may have been a crime, and may have been an arrestable offense, an officer has protocols for brandishing a weapon. You should report the cops to their Supervison, to the University and the ACLU for even saying that. Oct 1, 2003
Lots of fun there and many many variations. We would make up a whole bunch of contests and problems, not restricting ourselves to Eng Building proper. We were always looking for different corners windows wells, etc. And the girls, ohh yeah! Sep 27, 2011
WTF is the real scoop on E.C. buildering? Is there any real, codified, regulations, restrictions, laws against it? Our freeclimbing forefathers cut their teeth here back in the sixties. My friends and I have had run-ins with overzealous, wanna be cops back in the day, but in the current climate of the jackbooted, thug cracking your skull to protect your freedom; what is the situation? My bros have had run ins with Boulder Po Po all too eager to kill the terrorists with chalk on their hands, so if anyone has info on this matter, it would be appreciated. Oct 21, 2012