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West Face [Extension Boulder]

V3, Boulder,  Avg: 3.5 from 25 votes
FA: unknown
Colorado > Ft Collins > Carter Lake > Extension Boulder


Classic highball up the center of the West face. Several starts exist to gain pebbly holds in a seam above head height in the middle of the face. Above this you'll find two of the most amazing big pockets ever. Two options from here: 1) use very small intermediate two finger pocket and/or edges to reach the big key right hand layback several feet above, or 2) make a big throw from the big pockets straight up to the layback. Now the really scary part, holding it together through more layback moves and the 19 foot topout.


Several Pads and your favorite spotters! This one is high (19 feet according to Benningfield).

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Upper section.
[Hide Photo] Upper section.
Ian cruises up West Face with full support from his legion of spotters.
[Hide Photo] Ian cruises up West Face with full support from his legion of spotters.
Mike B. making the big deadpoint move.
[Hide Photo] Mike B. making the big deadpoint move.

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[Hide Comment] this is one of the best climbs at carter. it has some tenuous moves, a controlled huck, jugs, and height. a dont-miss that doesn't discriminate much on ability.

-j.jaeger Nov 18, 2002
[Hide Comment] I love to hate this problem. V3, seems a little iffy. I climb v5 and my friends climb v7, no sends. It's fun and scary though. Jul 5, 2006
Golden, CO
[Hide Comment] I wouldn't say any moves are hard on this, but being comfortable with tenous moves way off the deck certainly helps. Nov 14, 2010
Big DogBurlyDiesel
[Hide Comment] This problem has two bolts with hangers (no rings) at the top for the faint of heart. Considering doing this myself to recite the topout for this problem. Apr 27, 2016
Here and there.
[Hide Comment] I'd be curious to understand why the anchors were put in. I've been climbing here off and on since the mid-'80s, and I can't imagine any of the area FAs / developers (Wilford, Mammen, Horan, et al.) being consulted or approving. Moreover, there's a massive block at the top of this: 15 ft. of webbing, and you can sling it for TR. One previous bolt on another block that went in sometime in the early 2000s was chopped. Hadn't been up here in a few years and was just really sad to see this. Would love to better understand why these were put in. Jun 20, 2022