Elevation: 6,500 ft
GPS: 39.739, -105.328 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Darren Mabe on Aug 11, 2004
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC
Access Issue: Seasonal Raptor Closures Details

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+).

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.

13 Total Climbs

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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
 62
Mounty
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 206
Vitamin-N
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 362
Lunchmoney
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 179
Five Finger Discount
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 197
Cheap Labor
Trad, Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 102
Aries
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 30
Venture Capital
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 124
High Tides
Sport
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 42
Stroh's
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Mounty
 62
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Vitamin-N
 206
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Lunchmoney
 362
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Five Finger Discount
 179
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Cheap Labor
 197
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad, Sport
Aries
 102
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Venture Capital
 30
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
High Tides
 124
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Stroh's
 42
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
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