The Highlands aka Highlander Rock Climbing
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The crag is located on top of the hill above the New River Wall. It is an excellent crag that receives lots of sun. This makes for great winter crag. The routes here tend to be vertical to overhung, often containing small roofs to navigate. The bolting is generous and safe. Overall, this is a great area, but the twenty minute approach limits its popularity. That said, this cliff makes for a less-crowded climbing area if you are willing to walk a little. Most routes are in the 5.10 - 5.11 range, with a few 5.12s that are very good. It should be noted that many of the 5.10 lines are soft for the grade and make good routes for the 5.9 leader who is aspiring to lead 5.10. Most of the routes are on solid stone, but some of the less traveled routes will have some loose rock, still. In general, the right (main) wall is very solid, while the routes on the left side tend to be a bit more loose.
Park at the large paved pullout before Tunnel 2. Walk up the road on the right side and cross the bridge. Then look to your right and locate a small climbers trail heading back dowstream (same as for The New River Wall
). Continue on this trail above a treacherous section of cliff and past Twitch Rock
. The trail continues up to a flat area, where the faint trail for New River Wall heads right and downstream. Stay on the main trail (left fork), heading up hill. Continue up the trail, with some slabby rock sections for about 400 yds to the top. The trail will put you a little left of a prominent, right-facing dihedral with two bolted lines on it (Peer Pressure
(5.12a) and Peer Review
(5.12b), and a trad climb in the corner. This is the main division of the wall and represents the landmark for the wall, splitting it into right and left sides. Routes listed will be in reference to this dihedral. Allow 20 minutes for the approach. Addendum:
some may use the optional, riskier Tyrolean.
, 12+, 1p, bolts.
B. Leap of Faith
, 12+ 1p, bolts.
, 13-, 1p, 60', bolts.
DC. Red Tag Hag
, 12+, 1p, 45', bolts.
E. Wind Machine
, 11+, 1p, bolts.
, 10+, 1p, bolts.
G. Stiff Upper Lip
, 12-, 1p, 70', bolts. Main Face
H1. Get a Life
, 7, 1p, 150', gear.
H2. Get Insurance
, 9+, 1p, 150', gear.
I. Get a Job
, 11-, 1p, 135', bolts.
J. Job Review
, 11-, 1p, 135', bolts.
K1. Peer Pressure
, 12, 1p, 120', bolts.
K2. Peer 42
, 13-, 1p variation to K3, bolts.
K3. Peer Bastard
, 13b, 1p, 95', bolts.
K4. Peer Review
, 12, 2p, 100?', bolts.
, 9, 1p, 75',gear.
, 9+, 1p, 70', bolts.
, 11-, 1p, 95', bolts.
M. Neo-Quasi Bugaloo
, 10-, 1p, 100', bolts.
N. Learning to Crawl
, 10-, 1p, 100', bolts.
O. Blue Sky Mining
, 11+, 1p, 85', bolts.
P. Burning Chrome
, 11, 1p, 85', bolts.
Q. Job Security
, 11, 1-2p, 150', bolts.
R. Not One of Us
, 12-, 3p, <200', bolts.
, 9, 1p, bolts.
T. The Outsider
, 11+, 1p, 95', bolts.
U. Smack that Bitch Up
, 11, 1p, 100', bolts.
V. Big Man on Campus
, 12-, 1p, 100', bolts. East Face
W. Drop Zone
, 10, 1p, 80', bolts.
X. The White Whale
, 12+, 1p, 70', bolts.
Y. Dirt Me
, 12- PG-13, 1p, 80', bolts.
Z. Lord of the Rings
, 10, 1p, bolts. Below East Face
AA. Wheezer, 12-, 1p, bolts.
BBAA. Geezer, 11+, 1p, bolts.
Weather station 4.0 miles from here
32 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',18],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',1]
Classic Climbing Routes in The Highlands aka Highlander
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Highlands aka Highlander:
Gear Head 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 75'
Job Review 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 135'
Get a Job 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 120'
Job Security 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport, 2 pitches, 150'
The Outsider 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 95'
Peer Review 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Peer 42 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Featured Route For The Highlands aka Highlander
Not One Of Us 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a CO
: ... : The Highlands aka Highlande...
I'll give credit to Alan Nelson for red pointing pitch three first in 1996, but this baby is all mine. I'll hang tough on this point because every now and then the rest of our lives intrudes upon the serenity of our climbing gig. I put up this whole line one week in 1995 after having been denied academic promotion for highly dubious reasons. As a member of that politically incorrect breed of white angelo-male, I was simply "Not One Of Us". I put up this route for every man out there who has be...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
BETA PHOTO: The crag, from the road.
BETA PHOTO: Park on the westbound side of the road or this cou...
By Michael Hauck
Jul 7, 2016
There have been a string of car break-ins at the High Wire parking pullout recently! Please leave all valuables at home or hidden out of view! I had short discussion with a Jeff Co Police officer on Tuesday 6/5 about them.
By Jason Carter
From: Monument, CO
Jul 12, 2002
Just want to say thanks to those who envisioned the ideas and then made those ideas a reality for us to share. These routes are well thought out, well constructed and a real blast to climb!!
RATTLESNAKES! FYI - starting seeing and hearing the rattlers, early July, there was one hanging out right below Resume and one near Dirt Me - They are there, but they don't seem to mind climbers much as long as they are left alone.....
By invisible ghost
Mar 10, 2008
This crag is refered to as Highlander in the guidebooks....
By Jay Samuelson
From: Denver CO
Mar 29, 2008
I would recommend staying clear of this crag on the windy days...unless you're looking to make things a little more interesting up there.
By Harald Harb
Nov 1, 2008
This is a sensational climbing area; lots of moderate 5.11s to cut your teeth on, excellent rock. I used to drive to Shelf and Rifle to get more interesting, challenging climbing. Who needs to, the Crags in Clear Creek are varied, interesting and quality, and just a stones throw from my doorstep. Thanks to the climbers who put in the hard work, and dedication to make Clear Creek a premier climbing center. At least we owe you guys beers, every one of us! Beers on me if I meet you in the canyon. And thanks to Darren for a great new guide book! You brought The Creek, the support and recognition it deserves.
By Jay Samuelson
From: Denver CO
Nov 17, 2008
I found a smoking device on Highlander today while climbing. I would be happy to return it to the owner, if you can describe it to me it's all yours.
By Rachel Paietta
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Feb 7, 2009
Anyone have a list of the routes from L->R on the wall? I ended up getting on one of the 11s as a warm up instead of Resume yesterday. Not quite the easy start I was envisioning. Thanks
From: Mammoth lakes, CA
Jun 3, 2011
Great place to climb. I left a jacket (gray, light wind-breaker, size M) here Wednesday May 25th. Anyone happen to find it? I would greatly appreciate it if I could get it back. Climbing Karma will follow.
By Kevin Gillest
From: Arvada, CO
May 4, 2012
The comment about avoiding Highlander on a windy day is advisable, this crag is a very interesting place with 40-50mph gusts.
By Parker Wrozek
Oct 12, 2014
Fun place with no crowds. Even if you don't climb 11s, there are a few awesome routes that make the trip up well worth it. Look for the stacks of stones on the way up to find the trail. It is really easy to get off the main way up.
I enjoy going on a weekend and watching the crowds at High Wire while we climb in peace.
From: Golden, CO
Feb 20, 2016
This area is closed from Feb. 1 to July 31 due to the golden eagle nest protection.