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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 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 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
Type: Sport, 95 ft
FA: Alan Nelson, '98
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Shared By: Guy H. on Apr 25, 2003
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

This route is to the left of the two long 5.10 routes on the right side of the wall. Start with a short headwall to a ledge. This route gets a PG-13 rating for the runout to the 2nd bolt above the ledge. The climbing is only 5.8 in this section. The fun climbing is above. A slabby bulge and the final overhang will test your onsight abilities. This route may feel harder than 5.11b, if the correct line is not followed.

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10 bolts.

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Meredith DB
Boulder, CO
 
Meredith DB   Boulder, CO
 
If you're short (I'm 5'6"), placing the draw on the third bolt above the ledge is scary. It's not just a 5.6 runout for someone of my height. To reach the bolt, I had to climb quite a bit above the ledge and do 10- slab moves using suspect, fractured rock for handholds. If you fell, you would not only hit the ledge, there's groundfall potential if you then bounced off the ledge.

I placed a shoulder-length runner on that bolt in addition to the draw to allow clipping from a safe stance. I suggest that if you're short you try to get a friend to hang a long draw on the bolt for you. Oct 15, 2011
A nice route. Definitely a grade above the two tens next to it. Tough crux bulge at the top for sure. Did not figure it out the first time, awkward final clip. Definitely worth climbing. Dec 19, 2010
Top Rope Hero
Was Estes Park, now homeless
  5.11b
Top Rope Hero   Was Estes Park, now homeless
  5.11b
One of my absolute faves in the canyon and my first official 11b red point after the bastards downgraded (rightfully) my favorite 5.11: Feline, the best cat in Rifle.

Beautiful, long, and tricky--even through the 5.9ish sections. The crux dihedral sequence is very gulp-tastic and not to be missed. Clean falls if you can't master the sequence.

SHAMELESS SPOILER BETA: The crux dihedral at the top admits of two sequences, one with a lower, far more direct approach (worse feet, takes more crimp strength), on one that takes the leader way up and right to an airy and scary wild traverse across obvious holds (takes a keen sequence to send those bouldery moves). I'm not at all sure which is better/harder. But the falls are clean, baby, clean. So throw down, young leader. Aug 27, 2009
Jon Zucco
Denver, CO
  5.11 PG13
Jon Zucco   Denver, CO
  5.11 PG13
Super fun route once you get onto the face after 4th bolt or so. Really cool/exposed moves working into the dihedral. Don't let the 5.6 run out between the 2nd and 3rd bolt psyche you away from this gem. Jan 25, 2009
Jay Samuelson
Denver CO
  5.11
Jay Samuelson   Denver CO
  5.11
Fun route. Extended draws on bolt 3 and 4 help with the rope drag. Well protected through the crux moving left at the top. Mar 29, 2008