Meghan on Longhouse Waterfall.

UBC Buildering Competition 10 (2012)

Grant on David Lam Chimney 10 pts. p: Ryan Goldsbury

UBC Buildering Competition 9 (2011)

The project "17.SPB" (Russia, St.-Petersburg)

James on Clock Tower.

UBC Buildering Competition 8 (2010)

Roof Culture

Storror don't make freerunning vids like anyone else. Whilst many teams and individuals are putting out films stacked full of gratuitous slow-motion walking ('look how amazing I am in my own head!') and heroic poses gazing off into sunsets, Storror's tone is quite different. Instead of a self-congratulatory, masturbatory interest in their own egos, their films convey pure experience.

Yes, this film is anti-social. Yes this film is not a useful portrayal of parkour. But christ does it make you want to climb buildings.

If you enjoy this, please be sure to check out Storror's Chaps On Tour USA which is also refreshingly devoid of swagger.

Jul 08, 2014

La Villa Radio 24: Buildering is a Thing

Meg on the spooky Chemistry Alley Windows. Grant spotting.

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Back from the dead. Five (five!) years later we're back. Still at the Villa, still Radio, still La. Join Ard, Dylan, Mayumi, and special guest Andy Day (Kiell) who makes us look bad by talking smarter, harder, and with a proper accent. Everything you didn't want to know about building and more!

Jun 27, 2014

Honnold Talks Buildering and Better Insurance

Alex Honnold + buildings + Ira Glass sound-alike = why aren't you watching this already? Honnold climbs some things and talks about his upcoming Taipei 101 climb. Perhaps more interesting that an insurance company is promoting risky behaviour in an effort to convince people they need their product. Either they think nobody will follow Honnold's example, or the amount of revenue from new clients will outweigh losses from buildering related claims -- which is probably true and some Fight-Club-car-recall worthy bean counting right there. They've got a dedicated page on their website for Alex, it's actually pretty cool: Hmm, if I wasn't Canadian I just might be interested.

Jun 23, 2014

UBC Buildering Guidebook -- Call For Climbers

Ard on Hebb Theatre Arete. 2014.

Something special in the world of buildering is happening over the next 10 days: Andy Day, professional photog from and contributor to is in town to shoot photos for a project we're working on, namely a print version of the UBC buildering guidebook. We're looking for climbers!

If you've ever buildered at UBC, or are a climber keen to do so, we'd love to see you.

Email me: to set up a meet. We'll be off and on campus a lot, so any time day or night. Right now the weather is a bit crap, but if it's not actively raining it's good buildering time.

[Continue reading for more pics. All pics are from yesterday's outing.]

Jun 14, 2014

Builderbear back in action

James Kingston wears nice sweaters

Erica Madrid parkour vid

A few bits of buildering sneak in to Erica Madrid's latest parkour vid. Well worth checking out the lache to armjump/heelhook/mantleshelf at 34 seconds, too.

May 21, 2014

'Project Episode - Vienna' at FilmFest St Anton

The guys at will be featured in this year's Film Festival St Anton, deep in the Austrian Alps. Each August since 1995, the festival has featured a wide variety of documentary films including skiing and snowboarding, paragliding, expeditions to some of the world's highest peaks. Last year's special guests included Dean Potter, Alexander Huber, Alain Robert, Stefan Glowacz and Catherine Destivelle. For more information, email

May 07, 2014

Sondrio Street Climbing 2014 - The Video

2014 is the year buildering shakes off its underground roots, going from the esoteric pastime of bored rock-climbers, tights-wearing daredevils and Greenpeace activists into the mainstream. The secret is out: buildering is fun, and the town of Sondrio shows us how it's done. What a fantastic event, with 25 builder problems, speed climbs, trick-lining, high-lining, and a finale up a 40m clock tower. Plus an after-party with bands, beer (I assume, maybe wine? It's Italy after all), and a high percentage of attractive looking people that could compete with any slow motion light-beer or energy drink commercial. A tonne of organizing and community support was required to pull this off -- much kudos to Gruppo Giovani of the Valtellina Alpine Italian Club for arranging it all. Inspiring. Where will the next "Sondrio" arise?

Apr 23, 2014

Frequently Asked Questions

A night out buildering.

What is buildering?

Buildering is climbing on buildings, or more generally any architecture not designed specifically for climbing. The term is a portmanteau of bouldering and building -- bouldering being low-level climbing without ropes, often focusing on shorter, harder routes free from equipment.

Is it dangerous?

The skyscraper "human fly" aspect of it can be -- typically these climbs are free solos without protection. However the majority of buildering takes place at street level and doesn't involve climbing to a height from which a fall is fatal. Additionally, bouldering mats may be used to cushion a fall.

Buildings are boring. Why not rock climb instead?

It is a common misconception that climbing buildings is performing the same easy move over and over again. For skyscraper ascents this may be true, as could be claimed for some 5.4 multi-pitch rock climbs. However the level of difficulty varies just as it does on the rock, and climbing without a rope adds to the adventure and difficulty in either case.

The bouldering aspect of buildering focuses less on height and more on interesting and challenging movement. Just as a boulder's climbing...

Apr 01, 2014