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The West Face of Surprising Crag has some of the earliest routes on the rock. Many of these older routes are hard, scary, and infrequently climbed. There are a few modern sport routes here, too, but most of them are quite difficult. Other than the route "The Other One", a fun route up the prow at the right end of the West Face, this area sees little traffic.
Follow the trail to Surprising Crag, then walk left and around the corner. The first route you get to is The Other One.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for West Face:
The Other One 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch
Space Goats 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Furious Howard Brown 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch
Mercy Drilling 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Curve of Binding Energy 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch
American Beauty 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
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Wise Crack 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c CO : Boulder Canyon : ... : West Face
This is the farthest left route on the west face of Surprising Crag. Climb a couple easy moves, clip the first bolt, and follow easy ground to a ledge. Clip the second bolt, then start up into the dihedral. Odd jams and lieback moves take you past three move bolts and into broken rock. one more bolt above finishes off the route. Generally unremarkable. Good views give it a star, though....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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