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Furious Howard Brown

5.12a, Sport,  Avg: 3 from 21 votes
FA: Chris Alber, 2000
Colorado > Boulder > Boulder Canyon > Sport Park > Surprising Crag > W Face
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This route starts under a roof right in front of a tree on the West Face of Surprising Crag. There is one bolt getting to the roof, and one bolt on the roof. Turn the roof on jugs, then continue up the face passing three distinct hard sections with no hands rests in between. The climbing is great, and would get three stars if the route did not have all the no hands rests. Basically four boulder problems in a row. The last hard section can be skipped by going left and using the bolts on Space Goats. Sport Park gets a lot of bad press, but this is a great, all natural route.


10 bolts and 2 bolt anchor.

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Mark Rolofson
Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] Definitely one of the best climbs at Sport Park with lots of interesting climbing on great rock. The roof is the unavoidable gymnastic crux, but it is far from over on the face above the lip. The shallow seam & vertical face above the roof is tricky & can feel very insecure. Above the 5th bolt the climbing eases of with relaxing rests on small ledges. A 5.10 section moves right & up to great pocket in a horizontal break. The upper crux past the 8th bolt is quite tricky with poor smears & should not be missed. It can be avoided by moving left onto Space Goats & then stepping back right. However, the upper crux is not contrived & takes the direct independent line. These crux moves begin with a short steep slab leading into a left-facing corner. Apr 26, 2017