Trad, 500 ft, 5 pitches, Grade II,
Avg: 3.4 from 68
> Buena Vista
> Davis Face
Start right in the center of the face, up a prominent crack feature.
P1. Climb long 5.6 to bolted belay, stay in dihedral.
P2. The crux pitch: traverse right from the belay, take a short steep crack with sometimes fixed pro, then move left to pull the small roof/bulge (5.9). Then continue on an easy 5.7+ finger crack to an uncomfortable bolted belay.
- *It is possible to start with the finger crack on the right and continue straight up. This option is also good, but I did not believe it was as fun as the route proper. Staying to the right, however, allows you to skip a pitch, and you will end up at the top of pitch 3 on a nice ledge.
P3. Ascend a short 5.8 chimney, come out to the right to another nice, bolted belay.
P4. This is the mental crux pitch. It is short, and it is hard to find "the" hold, 5.8+. Go up the dihedral, then break out right to face climbing, a #2 Camalot in a horizontal slot is key. You may brave to go at most 8-10 feet without protection on this short pitch.
P5. Traverse with no pro at 5.4 to a dihedral left, then continue up a lieback 5.7+ dihedral to another outstanding belay.
From here, it's route finding from the top, nothing harder than 5.8 whichever way you go.
You can rap down or walk off.... Rapping, I found to be easier, just make sure to always look at Mt. [Princeton], 'cause what ever is on the top of it, is heading your way! To get up to the climb, it's a faint, if any, climbers' trail.
Bring mid sizes up to size 3, double on 0.75 helps. Bring smalls though (Aliens!!), really, just a normal rack up to 3 inches.
Carter Classic route.
Moving into the roof crux. Underneath the roof was dripping wet...which made it feel really cruxy. 5.9 if you're tall and can reach good holds. I'm not.
Rapping the pitch 1 anchors to the ground.
Fury just above the traverse on P5.
Marty following 2nd pitch of HC on Davis Face. June 15, 2009.
Ben heading up the start of pitch 4.
Chels coming up pitch 1 - looks steeper in this photo than it actually is.
Carter Classic, Davis Face, Buena Vista, CO. Top of pitch 1 on May 8, 2015.
Marty first pitch of HC on Davis Face. June 15, 2009.
Starting up the first pitch.
Bill pulling out of the super fun and all-too-short dihedral on P5.
My brother Patrick on the 4th belay station on Davis Face.