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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
Dead End Crack T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
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 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 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
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Type: Sport, 80 ft
FA: Alan Nelson
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Shared By: Steve Marr on Feb 15, 2002
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Passing Lane is located just right of the Overpass arete. Start up a fun, blocky face past three bolts. The route's crux is gaining the slabby face above the fourth bolt. Rolofson's guide suggests that this route could use an additional bolt, but I thought that it was well protected all the way to the anchors. It is a fun route. Again, a there's a little rope drag if you top rope or lower off this one.


7? bolts to a two-bolt anchor.


Ledgefall potential clipping the 4th bolt--no doubt about it. Apr 2, 2002
Derek Lawrence
Derek Lawrence   Bailey
There is a very large, very loose block right below the anchors. It can easily be avoided on the left, but care should be taken not to yard on it...
UPDATE 7/21/06: the large block is now gone; looks like there is just dirt where it was.... Jun 9, 2006
The only interesting part of this route is the 4th bolt, which is really only interesting because you're going to the hospital if you don't make it. Above the ledge is maybe 5.7 and run out about 20 feet from the last bolt to the anchor. Mar 19, 2007
Wherever we park!
AOSR   Wherever we park!
I don't often post about routes that suck, but this just wasn't much fun. The bolts sort of lead you over to the right, which makes for a somewhat tricky traverse back left to make it over the bulge. Don't fall on the crux, it will be painful. Really, this route is just not worth doing. Sep 28, 2008
Eric Goltz
Boulder, CO
Eric Goltz   Boulder, CO
Two stars, contrary to the bomb rating just given. Comparable in quality to nearby routes. May 21, 2009
Dan Stackhouse
Lakewood, CO
  5.9- PG13
Dan Stackhouse   Lakewood, CO
  5.9- PG13
It's a fun one. If you are a solid 5.9 climber you've got nothing to worry about. The fourth bolt is sketchy but there's a good ledge to hold on to while you clip into it. Over the crux it's easy but you can make it a little more difficult by staying to the right. Sep 1, 2009
Robbie Flick
Baltimore, MD
  5.9 R
Robbie Flick   Baltimore, MD
  5.9 R
Fun, but as others have said, the 4th bolt is a bit heady. Great hands for it, but be careful. Apr 16, 2011
David Appelhans
Medford, MA
David Appelhans   Medford, MA
Nothing R rated about this climb. Jul 31, 2011
Last Thursday August 11th a party of two boys and a girl climbing Passing Lane left a purple Wired Bliss TCU and two BD quickdraws in a crack at the base of Deuces Wild.
If you are one of these guys, we have your gear! Write us back to to give them back to you. Aug 15, 2011
John Tex
John Tex   Estes
Didn't feel runout to me. I traversed right at the third bolt and came up to the fourth bolt from the left like the newest guide says. Didn't seem runout to me, nor did it seem to have a terrible ledge fall on it. You can also go a little right at the third bolt, which I have done also, and it seems to be just a little more difficult but not by much. The final bolt, I believe, is out to the left and may seem at first like it is for another route, but there were some climbers to the route on the left, and they didn't use it. Nonetheless, the climbing from there on is 5.4ish, and it can be easily skipped to reduce drag if you have someone following. May 16, 2013
Jay Eggleston
Jay Eggleston   Denver
There is a placement for a yellow C3 cam between the 3rd and 4th bolts. Oct 2, 2013
Highlands Ranch, CO
  5.9 X
teece303   Highlands Ranch, CO
  5.9 X
When we climbed this in late March, neither me nor my partner found any bolts after the 4th.

Which was around a ~45' runout beyond bolt 4 at ~40' (putting this route solidly in X territory). It was easy terrain but still deserving a bolt or two, it was 5th class.

Not sure if we both just missed the bolts, or if some hangers were stolen, but we looked for bolts 5-7 with no luck. Apr 24, 2014
Dave Clark 5.10
Golden, CO
Dave Clark 5.10   Golden, CO
Bolts 5 and 6 are still there. Only bolt 7 is about 10 ft off line to the left and probably part of the adjacent route, so there are really just 6 bolts on this route with 20 ft of easy runout to the anchors if you don't use that 7th bolt (which could be in use by others). Or you can place gear in the ~1" crack about 10-12 ft below the top anchors. Ledge-fall below B4 is possible, but the risk is low due to bomber hand holds. May 1, 2014
Bawdy B
Denver, CO
Bawdy B   Denver, CO
Pretty easy for a 9. You can make it harder by staying left at the crux or if you're leading, I'd toddle off right for the crack then get back left for the clip. May 5, 2014
Lakewood, co
ChefMattThaner   Lakewood, co
Nice warm-up, I placed a small stopper in between bolts 3 and 4 to mitigate the ledgefall potential. It really isn't that hard to make the 4th clip, but the feet are getting kinda slippery there and shit happens. May 5, 2014

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