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Routes in The Highlands aka Highlander

Air Head S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Big Man On Campus S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Blue Sky Mining S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Burning Chrome S 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
Dirt Me S 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13
Drop Zone S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Gear Head T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Get A Life T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Get Insurance T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Get a Job S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Herb-A-Med-Veg-A-Matic S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Highlander S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Job Review S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Job Security S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Leap of Faith S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Learning to Crawl S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Lord of the Rings S 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Micro Chip S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Neo-Quasi Bugaloo S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Not One Of Us S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Outsider, The S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Peer 42 S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Peer Bastard S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Peer Pressure S 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Peer Review S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Red Tag Hag S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Resume S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Smack That Bitch Up S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Stiff Upper Lip S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Tarzan S 5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
White Whale, The S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Wind Machine S 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
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Type: Sport, 100 ft
FA: Tod Anderson, 1997
Page Views: 2,307 total · 11/month
Shared By: Richard M. Wright on May 26, 2001
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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On the right side of Highlander is a large roof with a route through its mid-section (The Outsider, 5.11c/d). Just to right of the roof is STBU. While the start looks slabby and broken up, STBU ascends a colorful short fin with a seam in the middle on surprisingly good moves. Power up over the fin with an easy mantle to gain a ledge that leads to the business end of knocking up that bitch. Tricky moves over the overlap lead to some very solid and enjoyable edge climbing to the anchor. This is a fun route with reasonable continuity, solid rock, and good climbing moves. An extendo-clip makes entering the overlap very comfortable, otherwise there is some concerning for smacking the ledge if you don't make the clip over the overlap. The name...(?)... must have been a bad night for the Todster.


QDs only. This 90 foot route needs a dozen or so draws and something for the double bolt anchor at the top.

Eds. Note, if you go to the upper 2 bolt anchor with cold shuts, it is 100' to the ground!


The correct name for this route is actually Smack That Bitch Up - named after a controversial rap song of a few years ago and an annoying female climber from Boulder who whined all day and made disparaging comments about Highlander Crag. I actually thought that this was 5.11a & don't know how it got rated 5.11c - Tod Anderson Sep 17, 2001
Richard M. Wright
Lakewood, CO
Richard M. Wright   Lakewood, CO
I think the switch arose in Rolofson's guide, so it's rather dated. Changed here. Sep 18, 2001
The anchor for this route was replaced on 5/28/2009 with new hardware courtesy of the Anchor Replacement Initiative, same anchor as used for The Outsider. Additionally, the big flake at the last bolt was tossed, some pieces going all the way to the river. What could have been a tempting hold for those not used to climbing in areas with rock like Clear Creek (choss) is now gone. This has no effect on the grade of the route or the moves in the vicinity of the block that was tossed. May 29, 2009
Doug Redosh
Golden, CO
Doug Redosh   Golden, CO
I did the route today.
I thought the crux is getting established on the face above the overlap, i.e. just below the climber, Mark Roth, in the picture.
Cool moves throughout the climb. Very windy on a day like today, however. Oct 24, 2009
Meredith DB
Boulder, CO
Meredith DB   Boulder, CO
Getting over the roof is quite height-dependent. The crux is clipping above the roof. If you blow the cli,p you'll smash into the slab below. Oct 15, 2011

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