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Amber T 
American Beauty S 
Curve of Binding Energy S 
Furious Howard Brown S 
Mercy Drilling T,S 
North Crack T 
Other One, The S 
Pocket Fisherman S 
Shakedown Street S 
Space Goats S 
Wise Crack S 

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Description 

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.

A number of the scary trad routes have not yet been added to the MountainProject.com database, but will be included in the list below.

Routes from left to right:

A. Wise Crack, 8, 1p, 60', bolts.
B. Pocket Fisherman, 11, 1p, 65', bolts.
C. Curve of Binding Energy, 12, 1p, bolts.
D. Entrapment, 10+ X, 1p, gear.
E. Heart Like a Wheel 10- X, 1p, gear.
F. Space Goats, 11+, 1p, 70', bolts.
G. Furious Howard Brown, 12-, 1p, bolts.
H. Buried Alive 10+ R/X, 1p, gear.
I. Power Line 11+ R-, 1p, gear.
J. Power Line Pup 11 R-, 1p, gear.
K. American Beauty, 12, 1p, 70', bolts.
L. Amber, 11+ PG-13, 1p, 60', bolts & gear.
M. Mercy Drilling, 12-, 1p, 60', bolts.
N. North Crack, 8+, 1p, 60', gear. LFD.
O. Shakedown Street, 12, 1p, 60', bolts.
P. The Other One, 11-, 1p, bolts. Right-hand prow.


Getting There 

Follow the trail to Surprising Crag, then walk left and around the corner. The first route you get to is The Other One.


Climbing Season


11 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',2],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',4],['5.12',5],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

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+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Space Goats   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Furious Howard Brown   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Mercy Drilling   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Curve of Binding Energy   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
American Beauty   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
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Featured Route For West Face
Wise Crack; the left-most route on the west face of Surprising Crag. <br /> <br />Fun stemming and laybacking up the corner.

Wise Crack 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 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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The Other One.  The bottom part of the route and the first bolt are not visible in the photo. <br /> <br />Sustained, pumpy 5.10 climbing leads to a good rest below the crux overhang.  Pull over on crimpers and cruise to the top.
BETA PHOTO: The Other One. The bottom part of the route and t...
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