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This town is a climbing town. So, of course people tend to get creative. Gunnison is laid back and the low number of police make it easy to builder in peace, especially late at night.

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Practice Hand Crack V3 6A  Colorado : Gunnison : Buildering
This is a sweet jamcrack that is known to cause some pain! It is great training if you are able to do laps on it. This is very fun, very cool, and a must do for anyone in the area who enjoys crack climbing training on buildings. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By mtoensing
From: Boulder
Jun 3, 2012
There are some other good buildering opportunities in town. One of my favorites was the waterfall on the backside of the Napa auto center. When the conditions are right, the building provides a fat flow of ice for about 15-20 feet. It's not too bad because of a shed behind that you can stem out to if you don't have crampons. I also saw some huge flows on campus one year, but maintenance knocked them down before I got psyched to climb them.

The water towers behind campus are suck to climb, but last time I went up there the ladders had been closed off. I am sure they are still climbable though. The flat water tower furthest to the northwest has a really exciting climb on it. You layback a pipe for 35-40 ft to the pipes end where you grab a smaller pipe (1/2 inch maybe) and mantle onto the sloping top of the tower. To get down, reverse the moves (which when I did, I was so scared that I dragged my ass too close and my pants got caught on a short edge on the tiny pip,e but instead on climbing up to free them, I kept sliding down which ripped my pants and I walked bare ass back to campus!!).

One climb that I never tried was the chimney climb at Timbers and the Wine Bar. You climb the chimney between the two buildings. I was never in the best state of mind when in that area of town and could never summon the courage to do it. Anyways, now I live in the Boulder area and miss the small buildings of Gunnison (and lack of police). Boulder buildering is bigger and there are way bigger risks of getting caught and ticketed.

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