Buildering

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A climber ascends a bolt ladder while buildering on a bridge
Buildering (also known as urban climbing or stegophily) is the act of climbing the outside of buildings and other urban structure. The word "buildering" itself is a pun on bouldering.

Usually involving free climbing in difficult conditions, buildering can be very dangerous and is often practiced outside of legal bounds, and is thus mostly undertaken at night-time. Adepts of buildering who are seen climbing on buildings without authorization are regularly met by police forces upon completing their exploit. Spectacular acts of buildering, such as free climbing skyscrapers, are usually accomplished by lone, experienced climbers, sometimes attracting large crowds of passers-by and media attention. These remain relatively rare.

Less impressive forms of urban climbing can be observed in demonstrations, as a mean of protest, or technoparade events, where people frequently climb on sign posts and other small structures.

Unlike many other extreme sports, buildering has probably been practiced for a long time, perhaps as long as man has built buildings.

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