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5th of July S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Ace in the Hole S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Bouncer S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Bypass S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Contrarian, The T 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Cracker Jack S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Deuces Wild S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Everyday Struggle S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Everything Rhymes with Orange S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Full House S 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Ghetto Activity S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Ghetto Head S 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Head Up Activity S 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Head Up Dirty S 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Hip at the Lip S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13
Idiot Savant S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Idiot's Roof T 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Indirect Savant S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Jackpot S 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
Left Long Moderate Dihedral (originally submitted as Crack Swindler) T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Life After Death S 5.13b/c 8a+ 29 X- 30 E7 6c
Machine Gun Funk S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Moderate Dihedral T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Nickels and Dimes S 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Notorious S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Overpass S,TR 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Passing Lane S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
People's Choice S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Poker Face S,TR 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Pony Up S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Power Play T,S 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b PG13
Road Kill S 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
Road Rash Roof S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Road Warrior S 5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Savage, The S 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
Slot Machine S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Stone Cold Moderate S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Via Comatose Amigo S 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Wild Card S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Type: Sport Fixed Hardware (12)
FA: Richard Wright, 1997.
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Shared By: Ramin Jamshidi on Dec 31, 2000
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DO THIS ROUTE because it's definitely one of the best in the canyon! Simply a fantastic route; fun for both the studly 12 ropegunner and the beginner friends you're taking out. It's 85' down from the anchors, so be careful lowering/rapping with a 50m rope.


10 bolts to a 2 bolt anchor with lowering chains. Minimal rope drag, so it's a good top-rope once someone's led up to the anchors.

Eds. As of 2016, the 2nd bolt/hanger and anchor bolts were replaced by Erika & Jim Wong. Thanks!
Chris Ham
Chris Ham  
Very fun, solid 5.9 climbing. Start is a bit bouldery, maybe a V0 move at the most. Pretty easy to clip, but I can understand why some might want to stick clip. Honestly it's less sketchy than its neighbor Stone Cold Moderate. Nov 20, 2017
Good gear lead. <ore solid placement possibilities than bolts. Oct 17, 2016
Golden, CO
ErikaNW   Golden, CO
Both anchor bolts and the 2nd lead bolt/hanger were replaced by Jim Wong and myself on June 16, 2016. Hardware was provided through an Access Fund/AAC Fixed Anchor Replacement Initiative grant. Jun 26, 2016
Aaron Sefton
  5.9 PG13
Aaron Sefton  
  5.9 PG13
I recommend stick clipping the first bolt. The first couple of moves are pretty exciting, especially if you approach from the right side of the gully. However, I think the start to Stone Cold Moderate just to the left might be a little harder, but the rest of the climb is excellent with some fun pockets and dishes. Nov 22, 2015
In June 2015, Dale Haas and I upgraded the anchor hardware with SS quicklinks and SS rap rings. The American Safe Climbing Association (ASCA - provided the hardware. They appreciate your support. Oct 16, 2015
Jason Platt  
Great route all around! Fun start leads into really solid face climbing. The crux is pretty long. It spans about 3 bolts on the lower section of the face. When you get to the top, don't forget to turn around and look at the view. It's amazing! Jun 17, 2014
In October, Dale Haas and I added quicklinks and rappel rings to the anchor. The hardware for this work was provided by the American Safe Climbing Association ( They appreciate your support. Dec 10, 2013
Denver, CO
Coppolo   Denver, CO
Spinners at the anchor. Didn't have a wrench. Rapped fine (obviously) but should be looked into. Dec 1, 2011
Dwight Jugornot
Arvada, Co.
Dwight Jugornot   Arvada, Co.
Excellent climbing and good falling for the new 9 leader. Made in the Shade is similar and longer at Canal Zone. First move is fun and Tarzan-esque. Oct 12, 2011
Terrific route for lead or top rope. Fun, fun, fun. May 28, 2010
Jim Gloeckler
Denver, Colo.
Jim Gloeckler   Denver, Colo.
I thought this climb was fairly stout for 5.9. I'd rate it 5.9+ but I did not see any finger pocket at the crux. Great route that needs some attention given to the anchor. Right bolt needs tightening; might bring a wrench. Thanks to the first ascent folk for putting it up and for taking care of so many climbs!! As for any drilled pockets....I thought it was funny that someone would even think that they might be manufactured. For the most part they are huge! All in all a great route. Apr 3, 2010
Dan Stackhouse
Lakewood, CO
Dan Stackhouse   Lakewood, CO
Very consistent route. It's not like you get past the crux and the climb is over. I like that. Bottom bolt shared with Stone Cold Moderate. Sep 1, 2009
Nathan Hill  
Loved this route!!! I took my first lead fall on this and broke my ankle...still finished the was great. After I get my cast off, this is the first one I am going to climb. Sep 3, 2007
Nate Oakes  
Very nice route. The jugs for the start are huge, and it's a lot easier than it looks. Use a stout heel-hook to help get over it. And I didn't see any unnatural holds along the route, though I think that's been well-covered by now. May 15, 2006
patrick o  
I might call it a 5.8 but it's got good rock w/ solid holds, bolts every 8 ft so it's well protected. Good length. Great beginner for the 5.9 realm for sure. Apr 3, 2006
Rob Migliore  
Best sport route I've done. Jun 25, 2004
Kyle Turner
Brighton, CO
Kyle Turner   Brighton, CO
First move is a bit bouldery, be safe and clip the first bolt from the rock to the right. This is a fun route with good starting move. Run up it if you're at highwire. Apr 16, 2004
Thanks for drilling these bolts, and not the pockets Richard, this is as glorious as it gets! Jul 23, 2002
What a great route!! The length is wonderful - one of the longer single pitches on this wall! All beginning leaders should check it out, if they don't get intimidated by the start. It's not that hard, if you stay on the jugs to the left! Jun 25, 2002
This is a definite "must do" while visiting High wire. The beginning's not too tricky and adds to the flavor of the route. You'll probably have to wait in line for this route though, so be prepared. Jun 24, 2002
My second outdoor sport climb, the first being "Stone Cold Moderate". It's a pretty good route. Not a sustained 5.9 climb, but all these routes seem to have that problem. I remember a straightforward jug to get off the ground, followed by 30 feet of steadily narrowing holds, and then the awesome finger-pocket crux! BTW, is this finger pocket real, or an old bolt hole? After the crux, it's 30 easy feet to the anchors. Oct 10, 2001
Charles Vernon
Tucson, AZ
Charles Vernon   Tucson, AZ
I tried to phrase my question as neutrally as possible; I wasn't trying to be suggestive! I've never seen pockets like that on metamorhpic rock which is why I wondered in the first place--also, I've heard rumors of some CCC routes being chipped, but there are many routes. Good climb! Sep 6, 2001
I have climbed this route multiple times. In Richard's defense, these are not drilled pockets; they are as natural as they come. I know a little about this as a geologist. Can you spell weathering? Boy, Richard would be really hard up if he needed to reduce routes to a 5.9 level. Sep 6, 2001
Richard M. Wright
Lakewood, CO
Richard M. Wright   Lakewood, CO
Charles, I don't chip. I don't drill pockets. Sep 5, 2001
Charles Vernon
Tucson, AZ
Charles Vernon   Tucson, AZ
I'm curious as to whether any or all of the pockets on this and nearby routes were drilled? Sep 5, 2001
I think it is easier to rap off than lower on this, avoiding the whole mis-communication thing with your belayer. Aug 25, 2001
Tim Stich
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Tim Stich   Colorado Springs, Colorado
Duh-oh! This comment was for "Stone Cold Moderate" which is next to "5th of July." Sorry.

Any-friggin' how, it seemed to me that these two climbs share the same first bolt. After that, 5th of July is a much more interesting ride. The anchors are way back from the top of the wall, which makes verbal communication with your belayer quite difficult. A 50m rope might even get you dropped that last two or three feet as it slips through your belayer's device. That is, if they are walking back to try and see you. Better tie a big knot in the end of that rope thar. Yup. Aug 3, 2001
This is one of the best routes of its grade anywhere. You gotta love how the holds keep shrinking until you find that huge pocket, and the start is cool, too!! Jan 1, 2001