Mountain Project Logo

Routes in High Wire Crag

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, 60 ft
FA: Richard Wright
Page Views: 8,820 total, 43/month
Shared By: Michael Komarnitsky on Feb 28, 2001
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

You & This Route


269 Opinions

Your To-Do List:

Add To-Do

Your Star Rating:


     Clear Rating

Your Difficulty Rating:


-none- Change

Your Ticks:

Add New Tick
    -none-
Seasonal Raptor Closures Details

Description

This route follows the far right bolt line on High Wire, where the trail meets up with the rock. The route travels right underneath a large triangular right-facing block/flake. The anchors end up about 5' to the right of the anchors for People's Choice. See R. Wright's comments under People's Choice for more.

Addendum: you can continue up and right of People's Choice's second pitch for another moderate pitch (?5.5) on gear.

Per Bill Olszewski: the thin flake under the main system flexes.

Protection

7 bolts? to a 2 bolt anchor.
Parker Wrozek
Denver, CO
  5.8
Parker Wrozek   Denver, CO
  5.8
Staying left on the slab is what makes this route. Moving right is way easier but way boring in comparison. Stay left of those bolts and enjoy that thin slab. Also probably makes it a 10a or 10b. Nov 1, 2014
On May 29, Dale Haas and I replaced the old, worn hardware at the anchor with stainless steel quicklinks and rings. The hardware for this work was provided by the American Safe Climbing Association (ASCA - safeclimbing.org). They appreciate your support. Jun 7, 2014
Climbed this today, 3rd? bolt seemed a little sketch, spun and had rust around it. Anchors must have been revised since the post in 2013, solid single link with rap rings and bolts looked and felt fine. Agree that this is solid 5.8/5.8+ climbing if using the flake system with a couple of excellent slab moves. May 31, 2014
Alex Badgett
Golden, CO
Alex Badgett   Golden, CO
Climbed this today, and the 5th bolt didn't feel too solid. I'm still pretty new to outdoor climbing, so I could be totally wrong, but I figured this was worth throwing out there! Apr 2, 2014
James Hicks
Grand Junction, CO
5.9
James Hicks   Grand Junction, CO
5.9
The anchors could use some attention. The rings are fine, but the links that are at the end of the chains are in poor shape. Don't top rope off the links until they're replaced. Doing so risks getting your rope cut. Setting a top rope off of the bolts is still fine, and the rap rings are fine as well.

Honestly I'm not sure what anyone uses those links for, considering how easy it is to build an anchor from the bolts. Oct 13, 2013
Bill Olszewski
Colorado Springs, CO
 
Bill Olszewski   Colorado Springs, CO
 
Led the first pitch only. Feels 5.8 using the flake system. Be aware that the thin flake under the main system flexes - I would recommend avoiding it. Staying on the bolt line and skipping the entire flake system yields a nice crimpy variation that feels about .10b. Mar 12, 2011
Did this climb today after hopping on People's Choice. I found the crux to be just after the 3rd or 4th bolt before get to the big flake on the right side. Before getting to the flake, the face flattens out offering a good lower left foot and higher notch for your right. Pretty slabby, this must be 5.10ish, because it felt comparable to the 1st pitch slab on PC. After the slab, it's very straightforward 5.8/5.9. Oct 5, 2010
Jonathan Reeves
Golden, Colorado
  5.8
Jonathan Reeves   Golden, Colorado
  5.8
One of my favorite climbs if you don't use the flake. I would say the slabby moves to the vertical crack at the ledge would make it 5.10c. I would say it is a bit harder than People's Choice if you don't use the flake and a solid 5.8 with the flake. Aug 16, 2009
Ryan Henry
Golden, Colorado
Ryan Henry   Golden, Colorado
Just led this one today, and it was great. I agree with the 5.9 if you use the flake, otherwise the face was around 10b or c. It also works great for top-roping and practicing technical slab moves, (very balancy through the middle section). It is harder than it looks, so don't take it as a joke. Aug 8, 2006
Jake Wyatt
Longmont, CO
 
Jake Wyatt   Longmont, CO
 
I found this climb (not using the flake) to be more enjoyable, more sustained, and more thoughtful than the first pitch of People's Choice. I thought the first pitch of People's Choice had one or two challenging moves just before the slab flattened out, while Nickles and Dimes had a longer crux sequence. Oct 21, 2002
We accidentally did this route instead of the first pitch of "People's Choice" and found it to be a wonderful face climb or a warm up for harder stuff. I do this route every trip to the High Wire and each time I try to do it differently, and I've found that, while it makes the route easier, the flake offers a number of quite fun variations to the climb overall. Feb 24, 2002
Tim Stich
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Tim Stich   Colorado Springs, Colorado
This was the first route my wife and I hopped on out of the truck on our last Colorado trip. We figured it was a 5.7 or 5.8. I found the crux to be just before the huge flake just like the other route description. A nice route to hop on and warm up on. Aug 3, 2001
Derek Lawrence
Bailey
 
Derek Lawrence   Bailey
 
Although a bit contrived - avoiding the flake offers a great sequence of edges to the anchors - probably 10a, lots of fun! Jan 1, 2001