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Routes in The Highlands aka Highlander

Air Head S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Big Man On Campus S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Blue Sky Mining S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Burning Chrome S 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
Dirt Me S 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13
Drop Zone S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Gear Head T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Get A Life T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Get Insurance T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Get a Job S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Herb-A-Med-Veg-A-Matic S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Highlander S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Job Review S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Job Security S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Leap of Faith S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Learning to Crawl S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Lord of the Rings S 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Micro Chip S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Neo-Quasi Bugaloo S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Not One Of Us S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Outsider, The S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Peer 42 S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Peer Bastard S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Peer Pressure S 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Peer Review S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Red Tag Hag S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Resume S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Smack That Bitch Up S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Stiff Upper Lip S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Tarzan S 5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
White Whale, The S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Wind Machine S 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
Elevation: 6,800 ft
GPS: 39.738, -105.316 Google Map · Climbing Map
Page Views: 36,419 total, 184/month
Shared By: Nate Weitzel on Aug 27, 2001
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

Description

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.
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Getting There

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.

L->R:

Left Face

A. Tarzan, 12+, 1p, bolts.
B. Leap of Faith, 12+ 1p, bolts.
C. Microchip, 13-, 1p, 60', bolts.
DC. Red Tag Hag, 12+, 1p, 45', bolts.
E. Wind Machine, 11+, 1p, bolts.
F. Highlander, 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.
K5. Gearhead, 9, 1p, 75',gear.
K6. Airhead, 9+, 1p, 70', bolts.
L. Herb-A-Med-Veg-A-Matic, 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.
S. Resume, 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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Highlands aka Highlander

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5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Gear Head
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Learning to Crawl
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Neo-Quasi Bugaloo
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Job Review
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Smack That Bitch Up
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Get a Job
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Herb-A-Med-Veg-A-Matic
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Job Security
Sport 2 pitches
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
Burning Chrome
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Blue Sky Mining
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Not One Of Us
Sport 3 pitches
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Peer Pressure
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Peer Review
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Peer 42
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
The White Whale
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Gear Head 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Learning to Crawl 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Neo-Quasi Bugaloo 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Job Review 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Smack That Bitch Up 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Get a Job 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Herb-A-Med-Veg-A-Matic 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Job Security 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport 2 pitches
Burning Chrome 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Sport
Blue Sky Mining 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Not One Of Us 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport 3 pitches
Peer Pressure 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Peer Review 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Peer 42 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
The White Whale 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
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Lots of wasps and wasp nests on multiple routes at Highlander. Especially bad in and around the lower crack on Peer Review. Oct 12, 2017
Isaacbg Gorrell
Golden, CO
Isaacbg Gorrell   Golden, CO
This area is closed from Feb. 1 to July 31 due to the golden eagle nest protection. Feb 20, 2016
Parker Wrozek
Denver, CO
Parker Wrozek   Denver, CO
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. Oct 12, 2014
Kevin Gillest
Arvada, CO
Kevin Gillest   Arvada, CO
The comment about avoiding Highlander on a windy day is advisable, this crag is a very interesting place with 40-50mph gusts. May 4, 2012
Mikekd
Mammoth lakes, CA
Mikekd   Mammoth lakes, CA
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. Jun 3, 2011
Jay Samuelson
Denver CO
Jay Samuelson   Denver CO
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. Nov 17, 2008
Harald Harb
Dumont
Harald Harb   Dumont
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 stone’s 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. Nov 1, 2008
Jay Samuelson
Denver CO
Jay Samuelson   Denver CO
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. Mar 29, 2008
Derek Lawrence   Bailey
This crag is refered to as Highlander in the guidebooks.... Mar 10, 2008
Jason Carter
Monument, CO
Jason Carter   Monument, CO
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..... Jul 12, 2002

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