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CU campus has a bunch of cool little problems and traverses. This is buildering. It is like being at your own personal gym but outside and free!

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From any direction follow the signs to the CU Boulder campus.

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Weather station 0.7 miles from here

44 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',18],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in CU Campus

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for CU Campus:
Plummer's Crack   V0- 4-     Boulder   Engineering Center
High Exposure   V0 4     Boulder   Engineering Center
High Voltage   V2 5+     Boulder   Old Main
Humanities Tower   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b X     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   CU General Campus
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High Voltage V2 5+  Colorado : Boulder : ... : Old Main
This is a dope traverse overall.When you are underneath the staircase, face the wall with the wooden door. Look to your left, and put your hands on the small, angled corner of the wall just to the right of the smaller stairs. On the other side of the trench, there is a small angled corner just like the one you have your hands on, that is the finish. Work your way along the the wall, across the doorway, over to the other side.The pipes overhead are lava: do not touch!...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Brian Sorden
Aug 23, 2001
Everybody knows about the slated buildering that exists on the first level of the Engineering Center. I've seen some of the more obscure man-made problems sent by Tom Gage (i.e. under the stairs and in the corners.) This is a great place to build forearm strength but a much better venue for meeting young college women. Keep a secret? Check out the underground sandstone block party behind Macky Auditorium. M'kay. BTW: Has anyone ever possessed the cajones to scale the Math building?
By Anonymous Coward
Oct 3, 2001
This is sweet! Free climbing while I'm at school. There are plenty of challenges on the engineering building, including lots of cool traverses, man made cracks and stairs to climb, and a door traverse thats V3! It rocks so try it out!
By Anonymous Coward
Aug 3, 2002
CU is fun and you can get in a fast work our between classes. It is also shaded and usually has a nice breeze. If bouldering is a big waste of time you must either be wicked strong, don't need any help with endurance or your weak! I say the last one is your best bet.
By Anonymous Coward
Feb 12, 2003
hey buildering and bouldering both rock, who cares how the problem got there? it just exists for the conquering. Door traverses are fun, so are super highball math building climbs. :) If you live in Boulder be sure to convince a crowd of chicks to gather cause i"ll be there next year conquering the math building ropeless.
By Anonymous Coward
Feb 16, 2003
looks like the math building was done in front range freaks and the guy got down by running down the roof. haven't seen the movie, but there is a quick blip of it in the trailer. and to the previous shit it'd be "ropeless"
By Anonymous Coward
Feb 19, 2003
There is a clip in Front Range Freaks of someone climbing the math building. But the true challenge isn't that section. Its the tower to the east of the section done in FRF.
By Anonymous Coward
May 30, 2003
AC, in Front Range Freaks Timmy O'Neill scales the math building, then walks down the roof which is slanted at about a 45 degree angle. The holds are huge and unless you fuck up it should be good to go.
By Joel Shanight
Feb 24, 2004
Try Fort Lewis College if you need a CU break,,,The Union building is a solid 5.10...Cooper Hall area of the dorms have good portruding holds...Major portrusion!!!
By Anonymous Coward
Aug 26, 2004
Just got hasseled by some middle aged professor type, his exact words were "I wouldn't be doing that here, there's an all points [bulletin] for anyone skating, rollerblading, riding bikes, and climbing walls on campus." I'm a freshman here, but already I've seen at least 15 different people climbing here as well as climbed here 4 or 5 times myself. What's the word, are they cracking down?
By Brian Sorden
Oct 3, 2004
Because I guess I started this banter, I want the last word here. Buildering is not something we do because we're too weak to climb real rock. We don't do it because we're too poor to go to The Spot. We do it because it's there and we're there. I would never imagine someone traveling to CU to check this stuff out. I did it between math and physics classes, while everyone else out there was smoking or talking on cell phones. I did it to unwind, out of boredom, not to replace free climbing. Because we're climbers, something inside relentlessly prompts us to climb anything and everything, from the jungle gym in elementary school to the dorms at Williams Village ala Timmy O'Neill in FRF (That guy is missing a few bolts, I want to party with him!) I loved it when he did the Daily Camera building because I've made renegade ascents on dozens of downtown buildings and never thought of that one. Climbing is an impulse. It's about freedom. So don't let CU professors or anyone else scold you for buildering, don't let other climbers tell you what climbing is or isn't. Monkeys in cages would probably prefer trees, and yet they continue to swing around their environment.

By Kevin Meyers
Oct 21, 2012
My friends and I all climbed here in in our teens in the early eighties. We developed our forearm and crimp strength to give us the confidence to send the Eldo testpieces. We got hassled infrequently by the campus police. but now the Boulder po po seems to be in on the crackdown. They claim that it is against written campus law. Does anyone have any information pertaining to the legality of campus bouldering? Or any suggestions as to finding out the legal position on this subject? Our badass forefathers, founders of the sport, used to boulder here and it guiles me to think that this is yet another freedom lost to the Fascist Bastards. Does anyone have any experiences to share? P.S. Tom Gage is an old friend of mine, a solid dude of you're lucky enough to make his acquaintance.

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