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

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Description 

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 mountainproject.com database, but will be included in the list below.

Routes from left to right:

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



Weather station 2.1 miles from here

11 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',2],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',4],['5.12',5],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for West Face:
The Other One   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Space Goats   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Furious Howard Brown   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Mercy Drilling   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Curve of Binding Energy   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
American Beauty   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
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American Beauty 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b  CO : Boulder Canyon : ... : West Face
Located on Sport Park's Surprising Crag (west side), American Beauty ascends a vertical wall for roughly 60/70 feet. The climbing involves clean rock on mostly lay back flakes until one is faced with the final crux moves. It's not exactly certain whether the first ascenionist intended for the line to go straight up or utilize the crack to the left to get established on the well-protected crux. Either way, a balancy set of moves to a better holds up high makes for a great climb. Probably more ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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