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Lower Capitalist Crag 3 / 11 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13
Upper Capitalist Crag 0 / 8 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
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In the summer of 1993, Alan Nelson and I add five routes to this East facing crag to provide a shady place to climb. The five routes here were simul-drilled in about one day, so the guilt for any bad bolts can be shared by both of us. It is unfortunate that the crag sees very little action since the routes turned out to be fun and well protected. The rock had some friable surface in 1993 but this has cleaned up nicely. Numbering begins on the left with Free Enterprise (#1). Climbing runs from 5.10 to 5.12a with interesting moves through the roofs.

Eds. since this original post, additional routes have been done in this area. The original crag is now known as Upper Capitalist Crag and the lower/new crag is now known as Lower Capitalist Crag. To avoid duplication, this has been reorganized.

Getting There

Capitalist Crag is located on the East side of tunnel 3 and the easiest approach is to park as you would for the Wall of the '90s and hike the 300 yards along the road. The obvious wall with a roof in the middle is Upper Capitalist Crag.


Lower Capitalist Crag

Lower Left Side

A. Vitamin N, 8+, 1p, 100', bolts.
B. Monty, 7, 1p, 100', gear.
C. Aries, 11, 1p, 100', bolts & pin.
D. Lunchmoney, 9+, 1p, 100', bolts.
E. Five Finger Discount, 10-, 1p, 100', bolts.
F. Change/Cheap Labor, 9+, 1p, 100', bolts.
G. Downsizing, 10-, 1p, 100' bolts.

Upper Left Side

H. Contra, 11, 1p, bolts.

Upper Right Side

I. Stroh's, 11-, 1p, bolts.
J. Stroh's Lite, 11+, 1p, TR or ?bolts & pin, no hangers?

Upper Capitalist Crag

L. Free Enterprise, 11 to 12-, 1p, bolts.
M. Entrepreneur, 11, 1p, bolts.
N. Fire the Boss, 11, 1p, bolts.
O1. Hours for Dollars, 10, 1p, 80', bolts.
O2. Get Rich, 10-, 1p, 80', bolts.

21 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Capitalist Crag

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Five Finger Discount
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Cheap Labor
Trad, Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Venture Capital
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
High Tides
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Free Enterprise
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Capital Punishment
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Mounty Lower Capitalist Crag
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Vitamin-N Lower Capitalist Crag
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Lunchmoney Lower Capitalist Crag
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Five Finger Discount Lower Capitalist Crag
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Cheap Labor Lower Capitalist Crag
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Sport
Aries Lower Capitalist Crag
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Venture Capital Lower Capitalist Crag
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
High Tides Lower Capitalist Crag
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Stroh's Lower Capitalist Crag
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Entrepreneur Upper Capitalist Crag
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Free Enterprise Upper Capitalist Crag
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Capital Punishment Upper Capitalist Crag
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
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I agree with Richard on the quality of the routes here. I climbed 3 of them yesterday and found them to be quite nice. The place still needs some cleaning (9 years later...) and this supports the fact that very few people climb here.

One note of caution!!!! There are a set of bolts at the top of the two most Western routes, a 5.10a and a nice 5.10c, the bolts are very far apart (due to the poor nature of the rock inbetween them I am assuming.) I would suggest rappeling off of these instead of being lowered, the forces are too great. If you intend on having an extended topropping session just bring a couple of slings and some lockers to decrease the angle. Oct 5, 2002
The anchors Chris refers to now have chains. Thanks to whomever put those on, they were definitely needed.

Yesterday I went to climb Lunchmoney and tried the two 10s - Hours for Dollars and Get Rich. I was a bit apprehensive at first, thinking I should not bother with them since they only had one star in the guide. However, I would agree with the above comments. These are decent routes, and with the addition of Lunchmoney this may become a more popular area. It looks like there may be a few more decent lines here. Oct 7, 2002
Ummm.. I think I had a brain fart. Scrap the last comment about the chains. Oct 14, 2002
Read my comments on the "Get Rich" route discription page. The first ascent history listed here is way off. Aug 15, 2003
Shane Zentner
Shane Zentner   Colorado
I discovered Capitalist Crag yesterday evening. A good place to climb that is out of the shade. Lunch Money was fun along with a route directly left of it. I dislodged several small rocks while climbing here, as the rock is dirty/rotten in places but worthy of another return. Jun 23, 2004
Jay Samuelson
Denver CO
Jay Samuelson   Denver CO
Climbed here yesterday, agree with the above comments, these routes are much better than they're getting credit for. Long and sustained, high quality rock with a good setting. I didn't come across too much loose rock, the routes seem to be cleaning up nicely. Jun 19, 2008
Geoff U
Centennial, CO
Geoff U   Centennial, CO
Why isn't there a page for Entrepreneur? I think that Entrepreneur is the best route here. I'd give it 3 or 4 stars for great movement and body positioning. Mar 18, 2010
To whoever stole my draws off Free Enterprise at Capitalist Crag:

What is wrong with you? Seriously? Stealing someone's project draws? Really? I mean, stealing is bad enough, but stealing within our community of climbers who leave stuff up, in good faith, for anyone to use? Are you that poor? Or are you just that big a dick?

You deserve the absolute worst in life. I hope you get it.


To everyone else: Don't leave draws here, or on Anarchy, as it's easy for conniving, worthless lowlifes to rap in and steal your gear. Jun 19, 2011
If you left rock shoes at Lower Capitalist last night (7/21/11) I've got them. Let me know & I'll gladly get them back to you. Jul 21, 2011
Portland, Oregon
danma   Portland, Oregon
Fast becoming my fav in the CCC...stiff competition from High Wire. Having The Wall of the '90s so close may win out. Sep 13, 2011
Bottom half of pants found at Capitalist Crag.
Contact Randy: 72O-285-715one. Sep 16, 2012
Lee Landkamer
Golden, CO
Lee Landkamer   Golden, CO
I found a pair of shoes in very bad need of a resole at the base of "Fire The Boss". Contact me, and I will give them to you. Jul 3, 2014
The lower left side went into the shade at 3:00 today. The upper right side went into the shade sometime before 1:00. Aug 30, 2015

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