BETA PHOTO: Wise Crack; the left-most route on the w...
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.
, 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.
Follow the trail to Surprising Crag, then walk left and around the corner. The first route you get to is The Other One.
Weather station 2.1 miles from here
11 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
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BETA PHOTO: The Other One. The bottom part of the route and t...