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Looking for somewhere to make up your own sit start eliminate variation that heaves on greasy slopers and crimps, or just want to traverse hundreds of feet of cliff for the Popeye pump? No chossy looking bouldering spot has as many clean interesting lines or as much pumpy traversing as the Tropics. Locals have pulled most of the choss off the popular sections of the South facing side of Soldier Canyon Dam. This is a popular area, and can be quite the 'scene.' Many eliminates and variations, often of the silly kind, ie one-handed slaps and mantels. Friendly beta, perhaps of the sandbag sort will be encountered--ah the joys of bouldering! Quick to warm up and dry off after rain, yet cools down quickly in the early evening after sun drops behind the dam. Besides the standard traverse (V1/2 or harder with eliminates) of the lower section of the cliff, don't miss the classic, slightly high Tropics Arete (V3), ballsy Gumby Roof (V6/7?) or the superb Mega Traverse (V6). This are! a is on water district land, so be respectful as guests bouldering at this popular area. Be particularly discreet during any upcoming construction. The tropics may get a 'new look' when work on the dam occurs in the next few years.

Getting There 

Super easy access from Ft. Collins. Drive, bike, walk, run or skip North in town to Laporte Ave, and follow West to the foothills. Park at the end of the road on the right. Walk along service access road to the north side of Soldier Canyon Dam.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.7 miles from here

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Mega Traverse V6 7A  Colorado : Fort Collins : ... : Tropics
First off, I will buy a beer for whomever it was who unburied the start of this classic. At the tropics walk or climb up the ridge well past the initial roofs, aretes to the first main switchback in the 'new' road. Start either on two well chalked flat crimps, and move 2-3 moves to the left to a left downsloping jug -- but many, myself included often start here. Pop left to another jug, then sequentially move through several crimps, heel hooking, to reach the low jugs at the corner. Find one...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Mike Sofranko
Aug 7, 2001
Rumor has it construction will begin Fall 2001 and that the climbing at the Tropics will be buried. Best enjoy it now while you still can.

This will be a real shame for the Fort Collins climbing scene. Most folks will probably just move down to Boulder.
By Anonymous Coward
Jan 4, 2002
Sorry, but the Tropics was a choss pile waiting to fall down on it'self. Good riddance to bad rubbish! If you want real bouldering you'd be at Rotary or the Torture Chamber ( or the Flute but I can't mention that name now because it's on private property!)
By Shane Zentner
From: Colorado
Feb 26, 2002
Yes, it is true. Bouldering at the Tropics is gone forever. I was visiting my parents in Fort Collins about a month ago and decided to check it out. Gone. Adios Tropics. You will be missed.
By Mike Beshore
Apr 16, 2002
I hear you. Bad to see the tropics go. However, walk your way over the south side of the dam for some good roofs and "high ball problems" at the Land of the Overhangs. It's well developed and has very little traffic.

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