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West Face

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Amazing Grace S 
Borgoff's Blunder T,S 
Cowboy Boot Crack T,TR 
Fastest Drill S 
Grapefruit Dance S 
Indecent Exposure T 
Men at Work T,S 
Over the Rainbow T,S 
Pete & Bob's T 
Pillar Climb T 
Rainbow Bridge T,S 
Trigger Finger S,TR 
Unzipped S,TR 
Warren - Johnson S,TR 
Zipper, The T,S 
Unsorted Routes:

West Face  


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Elevation: 6,035'
Location: 38.88, -104.88146 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Ben Mottinger, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monomaniac, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Leo Paik on Nov 7, 2011
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  • Description 

    This is a reorganizational entry to allow for L->R: sorting of the routes to make sense, we'll create an entry for the west face.

    Some of this complicated face makes L->R sorting very difficult. To help with allowing L->R sorting, we'll break off the Southwest Face / Finger Face and routes above the Tourist Gully to a distinct area. In addition, the lowest area below the overhung wall makes for difficult L->R sorting, and we'll keep that area unsorted relative to the rest of the face.

    This subarea will include routes from The Pillar Climb to Water Crack.

    This subarea has the bulk of the routes on North Gateway Rock. Some of it is subject to raptor closures, so make sure you are compliant with the regulations.

    It is bathed in afternoon sunshine.

    Getting There 

    Park at the North Main Parking Lot. Walk up a designated trail to your desired route.

    Climbing Season



    Weather station 5.8 miles from here

    15 Total Routes

    ['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
    ['<=5.6',2],['5.7',2],['5.8',0],['5.9',2],['5.10',3],['5.11',5],['5.12',1],['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:
    Cowboy Boot Crack   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   
    Trigger Finger   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   
    Borgoff's Blunder   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
    Rainbow Bridge   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
    Pete & Bob's   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 4 pitches   
    Men at Work   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 105'   
    The Zipper   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a A0 PG13     Trad, Sport, Aid, 3 pitches, 250'   
    Grapefruit Dance   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   
    Browse More Classics in West Face

    Featured Route For West Face
    Falon gettin' started, Men at Work.

    Men at Work 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  CO : Colorado Springs : ... : West Face
    Climb the handcrack until level with some pockets and a drilled pin is up and right, place a cam or two (double ropes would be very useful here, otherwise you must runner this piece until it is virtually useless) and head right and up, supplementing the poor pin with some strategic tricams (three smallest). Head straight up, discovering a welcome pin drilled inside a pothole. Encounter the one move 5.11 crux dyno (the route goes at 5.9 A0 by pulling and standing on the pin here) which is very...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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