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Routes in Lower Capitalist Crag

Aries S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Cheap Labor T,S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Contra S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Downsizing S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Five Finger Discount S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Flexin' Flake T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
High Tides S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Lunchmoney S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Mounty T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Stroh's S 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Strohs Lite S,TR 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Venture Capital S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Vitamin-N S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
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Elevation: 6,500 ft
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Shared By: Darren Mabe on Aug 11, 2004
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

Description

Lower Capitalist Crag has a selection of moderate sport climbs, a couple of "trad" routes, and a few harder testpieces for the Clear Creek Canyon climber wanting a change of scenery and avoidance of traffic noise. The crag faces east, has a quick and flat approach, and also provides warm ups for the routes up the hill on Capitalist -- yielding about a dozen routes total for a nice afternoon workout.

Most of the routes start off of exposed ledge systems, therefore it is wise to be conscious of belay anchors (fixed slung chockstones, belay bolts, or trad anchors). All routes can be done safely with one 60 meter rope. Be careful of loose rock on the ledges if above other climbers.

A few recommended routes: Lunchmoney (9+), Cheap Labor (10a), and Stroh's (11+).
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Getting There

Park on the west side of tunnel 2 in the MissionWall/Wall90s parking. Walk west to tunnel 3 and follow a trail upstream. At the base of the hill going up to Capitalist (where shotgun shells, glass, and beer cans usually reside), go downhill (usually marked by cairn)along a faint traversing trail to the ledges of the lower crag. Lunchmoney is the first climb you come to as you hop onto the ledge. The Contra ledge is the ramp above the top anchors of Mounty and Vitamin-N.

To approach Stroh's ledge, instead of going down hill to the main lower crag, follow a ramp (marked by "MAC JO" graffiti) up and left to find a big boulder at the base of the Stroh's route.

L->R:

Lower Left Side

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

Down low near Clear Creek (not in the L->R)

AA1. High Tides, 10+, 1p, 35', bolts.
AA2. Flexin' Flake, 10-, 1p, 30', gear.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Lower 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
Mounty
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Vitamin-N
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Lunchmoney
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Cheap Labor
Trad, Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Five Finger Discount
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Aries
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Venture Capital
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
High Tides
Sport
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Stroh's
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Mounty 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Vitamin-N 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Lunchmoney 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Cheap Labor 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Sport
Five Finger Discount 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Aries 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Venture Capital 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
High Tides 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Stroh's 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
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I left 4 orange draws with brown tape on the last bolt and chains of Vitamin-N due to lightning. Heading back in the morning. If somebody already grabbed them, I would appreciate them back. Jun 29, 2013
If you left rock shoes at Lower Capitalist last night (7/21/11), I've got them & will happily give them back. Jul 21, 2011
Casey Bernal
Arvada, CO
Casey Bernal   Arvada, CO
I also climbed this "new" route last week. Darren led up the first half with trad gear a couple years ago, before Cheap Labor was complete. The finish has been TR'ed several times using the directional bolt I placed between CL and Lunchmoney. There are several loose/detached blocks and the climbing is just OK, but was never good enough for us to commit to bolting it. It is also really really close to the two existing climbs that are much better.

The anchors are unfortunately cold-shuts, where the other anchors at the crag are quality hangers. I would give the route 1/2 star since the only redeeming climbing is in the last 12 feet. Probably ~5.9ish. Hopefully it will clean up a bit. Jun 18, 2008
JellieBean
Lakewood
JellieBean   Lakewood
Does anyone know what route is between Lunch Money and Cheap Labor? IT looks new. And is still dirty. Jun 4, 2008
Thanks for the awesome picture/topo it is great to have the routes on the picture and a key with grades even. Super job!!!!!!! Aug 18, 2005

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