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West Face 4 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13

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Surprising Crag is the most popular area at the Sport Park. The South Face has many moderate, well-bolted sport routes and sees crowds of climbers; this is the place to hang out and socialize. The West Face has challenging sport and trad routes, and sees much less traffic.
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Getting There

From the aqueduct trail, take a left. The first crag you'll see is Owl Prow. Head uphill around the right side of Owl Prow and you'll get to the South Face of Surprising Crag near the route Monkey Bob.

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I left my rope hanging at the Surprising Crag at the Sport Park on this evening (July 20). It was my fault. I didn't double check that my partner completely untied the 8 before I tried to pull it through the anchors. I believe the climb is the 5.8 called "Choss Temple Pilates." I can't get it on July 21, but I will try on Monday, July 22. If anyone happens to climb the route and retrieve the rope before Monday, please email me at mtbrwillis@gmail.com. Otherwise, I will get it on Monday morning. Thanks. Jul 21, 2013
Peter J. Beyel
Glenwood Springs
Peter J. Beyel   Glenwood Springs
I lost my wallet at Sport Park today and climbed only at Surprising Crag and Owl Prow. I would be extremely appreciative if you would email me at pjbeyel@gmail.com if you happen to find it and pack it out. Thank you! May 12, 2013
If anyone at/around this crag left some gloves and a visor behind last weekend, message me and I'll get it back to you. Aug 15, 2012
Rob Davies UK
Cheshire, UK
Rob Davies UK   Cheshire, UK
The grades here seem very soft compared to the rest of the Canyon. Presumably bolted for the convenience of visiting climbers who can't climb cracks. Oct 28, 2009
I think it's SB as well, to bolt a crack. Sorry, but they're morons, to bring crack climbs to down to the sport climber's level. Have some balls and learn how to place gear. In a lot of places these would be chopped, along with the heads you the bolters. Bolts are fine wgere there is no pro. May 16, 2009
Must be a troll.... Mar 11, 2008
joshf
missoula, mt
joshf   missoula, mt
I'm a little confused about the bolted cracks here. Is the rock soft or is there just a lax ethic at this area? From the pictures, it seems as though there are a lot of lines that are at least partially proctectable with gear, yet there are bolts everywhere. If anyone wants to clue me in, go for it.... Mar 10, 2008

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