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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.
Follow the trail to Surprising Crag, then walk left and around the corner. The first route you get to is The Other One.
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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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Mercy Drilling 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a CO : 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 CO
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