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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

For the Horsetooth Reservoir area.

Weather station 1.7 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Featured Route For Tropics

Slopey Traverse V2+ 5+  Colorado : Fort Collins : ... : Tropics
About 15 yards uphill from the Mega is a large roof (fun fun!) and some cliff and rebar. Another 20 yards or so uphill are the triangle like starting jugs to this traverse. Climb left (uphill) keeping feet out of the dirt about 30 feet until one reaches around (watch for a loose block!) to a rail to the left of the loose block, step onto the boulder after reaching the rail. This might be as easy as V2 or as hard as V3 depending on sequence taken, a bit higher is generally easier. Are you rea...[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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