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Chasing Sticks 
Choss Temple Pilots 
Dirty Dave's Dumpster Dive 
Double Down 
Dutch Oven 
Fix, The 
Frictionary 
Hood Surfing In Socks 
Killer Fish Taco 
Monkey Bob 
Platinum Curl 
South Crack 
Touch, The 
Vitamin V 
Wavy Gravy 

South Face 


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Description 

The most popular area at the Sport Park: lots of moderate routes packed into a fairly small area. Often sees crowds of climbers and dogs. A great place to hang out and socialize as you move from route to route. Morning sun makes this a good choice for cooler days.

Routes on the left side of the South Face:

A. Choss Temple Pilots, 8+, 1p, bolts.
B. Killer Fish Taco, 11-, 1p, bolts.
C. The Fix, 11-, 1p, bolts.
D. South Crack, 8, 1p, 60', gear.

Routes on a west-facing wall in the middle of the South Face:

E. Chasing Sticks, 9, 1p, bolts.
F. Vitamin V, 10-, 1p, bolts, 50'.
G. Wavy Gravy, 10-, 1p, bolts, 50'.
H. Dutch Oven, 9, 1p, bolts, 50'.
I. Monkey Bob, 8-, 1p, bolts. Overhang.

Routes on the right side of the South Face:

J. Hood Surfing in Socks, 11, 1p, bolts.
K. Platinum Curl, 11, 1p, bolts.
L. The Touch, 8, 1p, bolts.
M. Dirty Dave's Dumpster Dive, 9+, 1p, bolts.
N. Double Down, 7 or 9+, 1p, bolts, 50'.
O. Frictionary, 7, 1p, bolts. Slab.


Getting There 

Follow direction for Surprising Crag. The trail comes up to the crag near the route Monkey Bob.


15 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for South Face:
The Touch   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch   
The Fix   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Killer Fish Taco   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
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Featured Route For South Face
Dirty Dave's Dumpster Dive.  The lower section can be climbed using the corner left of the bolts, the hand crack right of the bolts, or just the face and thin crack by the bolts. <br /> <br />The upper wall has a 10a face move past the next-to-last bolt.

Dirty Dave's Dumpster Dive 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a  CO : Boulder Canyon : ... : South Face
This route is on the right side of the south face of Surprising Crag, just right of The Touch and left of Double Down. It starts at a corner whose right face is split by a thin crack.Climb the face and crack past two bolts. You can use the corner left of the bolts or the hand crack right of the bolts; both variations are about 5.8. Just using the thin crack and face by the bolts is a lot harder (10 a/b).Head to the upper face and climb steep rock past 3 more bolts. A 10a crux is at...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Climber on Surprising Crag, enjoying the view.
Climber on Surprising Crag, enjoying the view.
Routes on the left side of the south face of Surprising Crag.  Choss Temple Pilots shares the first two bolts with Killer Fish Taco, then branches left. <br /> <br />The Fix tackles the overhang to the right.
BETA PHOTO: Routes on the left side of the south face of Surpr...
Double Down.  The 10a crux is a thin face move past the first bolt; easier if you're tall.  This move can be bypassed by climbing the corner to the right. <br /> <br />The route can be done as a 5.7 by climbing the corner right of the lower face and the crack right of the upper face.
BETA PHOTO: Double Down. The 10a crux is a thin face move pas...
The west-facing wall on the South Face of Surprising Crag. <br /> <br />Routes are right of The Fix and left of Monkey Bob. <br /> <br />Vitamin V is the second route from the left.  The first bolt is up quite high; you can clip the first bolt on Wavy Gravy with a long runner if you want.
BETA PHOTO: The west-facing wall on the South Face of Surprisi...
Platinum Curl.  The crux is turning the roof past the third bolt.
BETA PHOTO: Platinum Curl. The crux is turning the roof past ...
Monkey Bob.  The crux is turning the roof between the first and second bolts.  Climb straight up to the second bolt for the hardest line; slide right for an easier variation.
BETA PHOTO: Monkey Bob. The crux is turning the roof between ...
Dirty Dave's Dumpster Dive.  The lower section can be climbed using the corner left of the bolts, the hand crack right of the bolts, or just the face and thin crack by the bolts. <br /> <br />The upper wall has a 10a face move past the next-to-last bolt.
BETA PHOTO: Dirty Dave's Dumpster Dive. The lower section can...
Hood Surfing In Socks.  The crux is moving past a thin undercling at the fifth bolt.
BETA PHOTO: Hood Surfing In Socks. The crux is moving past a ...
Frictionary.  The easiest route at the Sport Park.  The crux is frictioning up the slab past the third bolt.
BETA PHOTO: Frictionary. The easiest route at the Sport Park....
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By Ricky Martin
From: Davis, CA
Jul 8, 2009
CONDITION REPORT 

Hi, just went to sport park today and had a great time. Unfortunately, I left my sunglasses at the bottom of Chasing Sticks. We left around 3:00 and I was wearing a blue shirt (that is admittedly too tight)so if you want to return them my number is 530-219-9140 or email ricky.travel@gmail.com

I can swing by your house, meet you at the crag or buy a couple of beers to pick them up.

Thanks,
Ricky

Edit: They are black Smith Stance Sunglasses.