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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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Classic Climbing Routes in Engineering Center

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High Exposure V0 4  Colorado : Boulder : ... : Engineering Center
This is a fun, and a little bit exposed, high-ball problem.Climb the corner, and reach into a positive crack underneath the roof. Stretch out and up to the window sill. Most people wuss out at this point. Check your nads, and reach out to the face. Follow up, and then move right over the airy traverse. Hint: For the transfer up to the sill, look for a nice little notch for your foot on the face....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Anonymous Coward
Nov 11, 2001
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.
By Rich Farnham
Apr 9, 2003
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.
By Aron Quiter
From: Oakland, CA
Jun 13, 2003
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!
By William McGehee
From: Choctaw, OK
Sep 30, 2003
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.
By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Oct 1, 2003
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.
By ssp
Sep 27, 2011
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!
By Kevin Meyers
Oct 21, 2012
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.

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