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.
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.
This extremely fun variation lies on the improbable looking face between the Tropics Arete and the Crack Route. Start on the jugs and climb into the crack initially. This problem is not climbed as frequently, so the holds between the arete and crack might take some squinting to make out (nice that they aren't well chalked and polished). Make it interesting by using only the initial small slot in the crack as a right hand gaston, not the higher fingerlock. Work the feet up and then reach out l...[more]Browse More Classics in CO
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!)
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.