Clear Creek – High Wire Crag

High Wire CragWe’re looking for some easily-reached climbing before we head home today. I have a very old guidebook with some routes in Clear Creek Canyon above Golden, an easy drive. After perusing The Mountain Project information as well, we choose High Wire Crag for its selection of moderates. It turns out to be a popular choice, but just uncrowded enough so there is always a route available. The day is hot, and Ann is feeling not so hot, but we get a few fun sport climbs in and leave happy.

Stone Cold Moderate 5.7 has a juicy, overhanging start to the first bolt. After that, easy slab.

Ace in the Hole 5.10a starts oddly, with feet on one rock and bolts on the overhang above it, but then heads up an arete with fun face climbing.

Bypass 5.10 has some good, strenuous moves up and over an overhang, then easy slab to the anchors.

Deuces Wild 5.10a is, like the others, hardest at the start, with nice thin face moves. This one stays good with a very fun, easy roof, and a tricky traverse to the anchors. Didn’t do the second pitch.

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