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Description 

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.

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Weather station 1.7 miles from here

5 Total Routes

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Featured Route For Tropics

Tropics Arete V3 6A  CO : Fort Collins : ... : Tropics
The obvious arete on the right side of the main roof at the 'upper' end of the main 'lower' area of the tropics - can't be missed. Grab the jugs below and right of the arete at the beginning of the crack. Fight out left to the arete. Crank directly up the arete. Grade is easier if one uses the initial jugs as a foot, maybe V2 or so. Gets the adrenaline pumping! Downclimb either carefully right (most obvious) or off to the left and down through a corner to the left of the roof ( trickier be...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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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.