Steam Tunneling at Stanford

April 1, 2014 • Events, Vintage • Views: 3608

Stanford Steam Tunnel

Stanford Steam Tunnel

I mean this can’t be a thing, can it?

“Steam Tunneling is the Stanford tradition of running through the underground steam tunnels that form a labyrinth beneath Stanford. Steam tunneling is extremely popular during cold winter nights, as being filled with steam the tunnels are quite hot. Make sure to wear jeans and a long sleeve shirt to avoid minor burns. Also make sure you remember the way you came so you can make your way out.” –

Apparently a subterranean system, build in 1881, pipes steam to various buildings. The tunnels and pipes, at least as of 2010, still heat the water and buildings here. You’ll have to crouch due to the space, but you’ll be rewarded with bragging rights I guess. A tunnel trip smells awful, is liable to scald you and you’ll be stepping over trash – beer cans, red cups and condom wrappers. But other than that it sounds great. This adventurer explains how to get in. But you didn’t hear that from me. I’ve also now heard that almost every known entrance to the steam tunnels has been locked shut. GSB students apparently have mortal FOMO, which stands for Fear of Missing Out, but maybe FOGA, Fear of Getting Arrested trumps that.


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