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Davis Face

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Davis Face  

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Location: 38.91645, -106.10438 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Stephen Nance on Aug 29, 2006  with updates from Ben Sebald
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Secluded, maybe a party on it, and that's bad luck if there is... Classic "Center Route" goes at 5.9, and there are a couple other routes, too! Beautiful face that goes at roughly 500 ft. and 4-6 pitches. 30 min hike in, bomber granite.

Getting There 

Head out of BV towards Bob's Rock on 371 and take the turn east (right) on 375. Follow 375 to 375A as it winds toward the base of the hill at Davis Face. Stop when you see the awesome, big granite wall above you ;)

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.9 miles from here

7 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Davis Face:
Unknown Sport Route Right of Center Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Carter Classic   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   
D3    5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 12 pitches, 700'   
D4   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 6 pitches, 500'   
What's Up?   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   
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Featured Route For Davis Face
Carter Classic route.

Carter Classic 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  CO : Buena Vista : Davis Face
Start right in the center of the face, up a prominent crack feature.P1: Climb long 5.6 to bolted belay, stay in dihedral.P2: Crux pitch, traverse right from the belay, take a short steep crack with sometimes fixed pro, then move left to pull the small roof/bulge (5.9). then continue on an easy 5.7+ finger crack to an uncomfortable bolted belay.**It is possible to stagy with the finger crack on the right and continue straight up. THis option is also good, but I did not believe it was as fun as t...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of Davis Face Slideshow Add Photo
Davis Face from the road
Davis Face from the road
Nice rack(s) below the Davis Face.
Nice rack(s) below the Davis Face.
First belay station.
First belay station.
Sport route approximately 5.9ish, just climber's r...
Sport route approximately 5.9ish, just climber's r...
Crux right after the first pitch.
Crux right after the first pitch.
The sketchy traverse.
BETA PHOTO: The sketchy traverse.

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By Dean Cool
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 18, 2008
To get to the face take 371 to 375 and follow 375 for about 2.7 miles. Turn right onto 375a. Cross over 4 mile creek and keep left on the road. This road will veer away from the creek. Stay on this road for about 5 miles and always keep left at the forks in the road. The road will pass right in front of the face. Park where you wish and hike up about 20-30 minutes to the base of Davis face. I do not believe there is an established trail so wear good shoes. 375 is a dirt road with a lot ups and downs. A 4WD vehicle is not necessary if the weather is good but you may want a high clearance vehicle for the drive.
From: broomdigiddy
Jan 9, 2009
We put up two routes on this face back in 2001 as well. Not as clean as this listed route but worth doing if you need somthing else to do.

One route started down and right of the standard route under a big capped roof that can be climbed and escaped left. The line pretty much tells you where to go from there.

The line on the left was a bit more obscure, so I won't give directions on that :)

Fun face to get out, away and up.
By Jason Halladay
From: Los Alamos, NM
Jul 5, 2009
In case you're driving in at night, the last road you turn left on before reaching the parking for Davis Face is marked as 373A. If driving in during the day you can see the face so this is not an issue.
By MikeS
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 13, 2009
Another route on the face starts just left of the Carter Classic and goes at .10a.
Look for a bolt 30' up or so on the slab. Follow .9 friction past bolts, supplemented with small cams to a bolted belay just left of CC.
P2 goes up and right from belay over a small roof, then following cracks to another bolted belay, .9+.
P3 trends up and right again clipping bolts along an overlap with a couple of .10a moves. An excellent pitch. Follow this to where it intersects w/ CC and finish or rap.
This is an old route that had its bolts upgraded in 2007. FA, name or original rating unknown.
Carry single set stoppers, sm/med cams, along with draws.
Several more new, high quality mixed gear routes are currently being rediscovered/developed on this wall by Ark Valley folks. Stay tuned.
By Lee Jenkins
From: Buena Vista, Colorado
Jul 15, 2009

Why don't you go ahead and add the route left of CC to the route database? Just call it "unknown to the left of CC" or something like that.

Look forward to seeing more lines added to this great face!
By chad beckelhymer
From: Buena Vista
May 8, 2014
I don't know where there lines are at, but my dad said he put up a .10 and an .11 or maybe hard .10 in the early/mid-'90s. I can try to ask and see where they are located on the wall. It could be the .10a you are talking about for one of them, 'cause he said he put in some belay anchors....
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