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Crystal Cat

5.9+, Sport, 120 ft (36 m),  Avg: 2.6 from 134 votes
FA: Kevin and Laura Capps
Colorado > Golden > Clear Creek Canyon > Catslab
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This is a great new climb for one of the most classic walls in the canyon. This route goes up the small, right-facing corner on the left side of the mini-roof about halfway up the wall.


This is just left of MacCavity.


13 bolts + an anchor.

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Crystal Cat in yellow.

(Folks with a rope on MacCavity.)
[Hide Photo] Crystal Cat in yellow. (Folks with a rope on MacCavity.)
Bill about at the roof.
[Hide Photo] Bill about at the roof.
Brian near the bottom.
[Hide Photo] Brian near the bottom.

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[Hide Comment] Great route! I would agree with the 5.9 rating overall; however, there was a tricky blank section from about the 2nd to last bolt to the anchors that I would rate a little harder, 10a/bish? Really enjoyable climb! Mar 15, 2016
Jeremy C
Denver, CO
[Hide Comment] Pretty fun! We had TR'd this line off other anchors before. It was cool to see that it got bolted. I thought the last 12 ft of the route seemed significantly more difficult than the rest. I wouldn't be surprised if you see a lot of climbers bailing right to the MacCavity anchors. Apr 4, 2016
Westminster, CO
[Hide Comment] Well-protected and fun, but the crux is definitely around 2nd to last and last bolt. All the lichen at the top doesn't make it any easier. Not the best slab climber to begin with; ended up finishing off on MacCavity. Easy to transition to, just had to back clean one draw. Apr 24, 2016
Chip Loomis
[Hide Comment] Could have been one of the best 5.7/5.8s in the canyon. The high placement of the anchor causes a short section of 5.9+ and changes the essence of the climb. Jun 2, 2016
Jay Eggleston
[Hide Comment] I agree that the crux is at the top. I think it is most difficult by the last bolt. The area by the 2nd to last bolt is more difficult than below, but it is not as hard as the crux. The route has 13 bolts. Jun 17, 2016
Dave Clark 5.10
Golden, CO
[Hide Comment] Good route for 5.7 climbers with a 5.9 rope gun to get a rope up the last 15 ft. Food for thought: a second bolt and rap anchors at bolt 11 would offer a nice 30m route option at 5.7 for all the beginners at Cat Slab. Sep 21, 2016
Castle Rock, CO
[Hide Comment] I was literately running up this thing thinking to myself, "this is a 5.9?!" Then I came to the 2nd to the last bolt. "Ohhhh!" 5.10a for the last two bolts, 5.7 for the rest. The last two bolts are just as hard as the crux on the first pitch of People's Choice. Mar 27, 2019
[Hide Comment] Agree with others. 5.8-5.9ish till the slab. The slab is sketchy. 10a for sure with a long runout. Definitely gotta trust the feet. Oct 7, 2019