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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+ E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch
Space Goats 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Mercy Drilling 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Furious Howard Brown 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch
Curve of Binding Energy 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch
Shakedown Street 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
American Beauty 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
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The Other One 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c CO : Boulder Canyon : ... : West Face
The Other One fires up the prow of the Surprising Crag. It's the rightmost route on the West Face, just around the arete left of Choss Temple Pilots.Jug haul to a good stance and high clip just before the crux. A clean, left-facing corner leading to a crisp edge and a pair of friction pads kicks up an interesting crux. Dust it with a high step. A slab to the anchors finishes the thing.This has good rock and fun moves, and none of the holds appeared to be manufactured....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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