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Face Canyon

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Face Canyon  

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Location: 43.5331, -116.0778 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Cory on Aug 28, 2011
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West side of Face Canyon with the Boise River belo...

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This "canyon" is actually a slight depression in the cliffs about midway between Carbody and Scary canyons. The routes here seem long for the Black Cliffs, and there are many excellent looking crack and sport climbs to choose from.

Getting There 

Once you do a U-Turn and head back on the north side of the highway this small pullout will be the first after the Scary Canyon pullout. The approach trail is not as nice as some of the others in the area.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.6 miles from here

14 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Face Canyon:
Surf's Up   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 60'   
Power Failure   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad   
Dog Face   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Lights Out   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 60'   
In Your Face   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Featured Route For Face Canyon
Reggie on In Your Face.

In Your Face 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  ID : Black Cliffs : Face Canyon
Enjoy the starting few easy moves to the first bolt, as they are the last you'll get. Sustained stemming and crimping on small but positive edges are the norm for the rest of the way up the face/corner. After you're nice and pumped from the small crimps on the first 2/3 of the route, the widely spaced jugs at the bulge may seem a bit harder to hang onto than they feel like they should. Once on top of the bulge positive edges and pockets take you up the slightly more than vertical finishing fa...[more]   Browse More Classics in ID

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By Trevor.
Nov 10, 2013
Is it just me, or did the entire top half of the Happy Face column collapse since the writing of the Epeldi guide?
By bheller
From: SL UT
Nov 13, 2013
Its not just you, the happy face column crashed down in spring of 2004 I believe... certainly eerie to see it shattered at the base with bolts and hangers visible in freshly created talus blocks! I had climbed it the season before it came down.
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