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Amber T 
American Beauty S 
Curve of Binding Energy S 
Furious Howard Brown S 
Impeachara S 
Mercy Drilling T,S 
North Crack T 
Northwest Passage T 
Other One, The S 
Pocket Fisherman S 
Shakedown Street S 
Space Goats S 
Wise Crack S 

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    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 database, but will be included in the list below.

    Routes from left to right:

    A. Northwest Passage, 8, 1p, 40', gear.
    B. Wise Crack, 8, 1p, 60', bolts.
    C. Pocket Fisherman, 11, 1p, 65', bolts.
    D. Curve of Binding Energy, 12, 1p, bolts.
    E. Entrapment, 10+ X, 1p, gear.
    F. Heart Like a Wheel 10- X, 1p, gear.
    G. Space Goats, 11+, 1p, 70', bolts.
    H. Furious Howard Brown, 12-, 1p, bolts.
    I. Buried Alive 10+ R/X, 1p, gear.
    J. Power Line 11+ R-, 1p, gear.
    K. Power Line Pup 11 R-, 1p, gear.
    L. American Beauty, 12, 1p, 70', bolts.
    M. Amber, 11+ PG-13, 1p, 60', bolts & gear.
    N. Mercy Drilling, 12-, 1p, 60', bolts.
    O. North Crack, 8+, 1p, 60', gear. LFD.
    P. Impeachara, 12, 1p, 50', bolts.
    Q. Shakedown Street, 12, 1p, 60', bolts.
    R. The Other One, 11-, 1p, bolts. Right-hand prow.

    Getting There 

    Follow the trail to Surprising Crag, then walk left and around the corner. The first route you get to is The Other One.

    Climbing Season

    For the Surprising Crag area.

    Weather station 2.1 miles from here

    13 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

    Classic Climbing Routes in West Face

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for West Face:
    The Other One   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
    Amber   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
    Space Goats   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
    Mercy Drilling   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
    Furious Howard Brown   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
    American Beauty   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
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    Featured Route For West Face
    Rock Climbing Photo: Ben Ingman on Mercy Drilling.

    Mercy Drilling 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  Colorado : Boulder Canyon : ... : West Face
    This is located on the West Face (Cracks of Surprise Wall) around the corner from the South Face of Surprising Crag. This is the first route left of the chimney (5.8+).This would be a great route... if only it hadn't been bolted, and if only someone hadn't drilled a mono pocket (denied by Mark Rolofson below) in the crux. Why bolt a perfectly protectable crack? The mono makes for an interesting balancy move out of the crack, and then head back up and into the crack.As it stands, this is a 12a. W...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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