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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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