Buildering: urban bouldering


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Sport climber
the heart of WY.
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 24, 2007 - 08:19pm PT
I have been talking to a lot of people who have mentioned that they have been buildering. So interested and ready for adventure, my best friend and I set out to climb some buildings. I was convinced that the hardest part would be not to get arrested or at least questioned by the police. But it turns out that the hardest thing is finding somewhere to go that is quality. After trying a couple base ball cages, cruddy brick work buildings and about ready to give up, we found Walmart. Thank goodness! It was the biggest traverse I've ever done but it was a lot of fun. We for sure got wierd looks but it was so worth it.

Any one else got pictures?/ Stories about buildering?

Boulder climber
Alamo, CA
Aug 24, 2007 - 08:21pm PT
I buildered in downtown Oakland, untill I almost got shot for it..

I got mostly people thinking I was trying to break into the buliding, I usually told them to f*#k off..
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 24, 2007 - 08:25pm PT
It's sort of B.C./Canada oriented, but you could look at

If you can get a copy of "Night Climbers of Cambridge", you'll get an idea of the roots of buildering.

The authorities and public tend to frown upon buildering, not to mention the owners. This needs to be factored into your plans, although young women buildering in a Wyoming town may not have quite the same issues as 20 something males in Oakland.

Trad climber
Aug 24, 2007 - 08:28pm PT
I only have done it a few times. It involved drinking, a really nice brick wall near my friend's bar, plus I completely forgotten that I was wearing heels and a mini skirt.
Luckily I also have big friends that make it their job to catch falling drunk Greek girls.


Mountain climber
Vancouver Island, BC
Aug 24, 2007 - 09:38pm PT
BC THING? crazy dude.. I went all the way to SO CAL FROM BC to make these shots! haha... BC thing..


Social climber
The West
Aug 24, 2007 - 10:32pm PT
University of Wyoming is one of the best buildering campuses anywhere; Handcracks, fistcracks, four foot roof problems, and miles of Casper formation crimp traverses.

Las Vegas
Aug 24, 2007 - 11:35pm PT
you don't need a building check this out
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Aug 25, 2007 - 02:57am PT

Classic builderer and passerby image from Marc Jensen's 1988 bay area climbing guidebook.

Sport climber
Buzzard Point, TN
Aug 25, 2007 - 10:22am PT
Hehe, good stuff Clint.

Saw that Lamiche bouldered on the Nickajack Bridge in UC a couple issues ago...parks and (aforementioned) colleges are usually best. Private domains tend to think yer a catburglar in my experience...


An Oil Field
Aug 25, 2007 - 12:54pm PT
Buildering was a bonafide past time in the dark ages before plastic. Note the mis-matched tube socks for era.


Big Wall climber
the Southwest
Aug 25, 2007 - 03:40pm PT
Here's some old shots, from about 1878, er, 1978, Dartmouth campus:

The excellent computer (Kresge?) wall:
A tough one due to slick painted surfaces:
And of course, the finest tower on the East Coast:

San Fran Cisco
Aug 25, 2007 - 04:40pm PT
A guidebook to buildering at Stanford in the olden days:

Trad climber
novato ca
Aug 26, 2007 - 04:14pm PT
A great tradition to keep. Beer, and buildering are always a great addition to any education.
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