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Center/Headwall Rock Climbing 

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Location: 32.90462, -116.81783 View Map  Incorrect?
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The Center/Headwall is south-facing and receives sunlight most of the day. Temperatures may be a few degrees higher than El Cajon, so if climbing in the summer make sure to bring plenty of water.

The rock is granite and generally good; however, due to the number of climbs and pattern of development, rock fall from other climbers necessitates wearing a helmet.

Getting There 

The approach from the road is approximately 60 to 90 minutes with an elevation gain of about 1,800 feet.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.5 miles from here

15 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Center/Headwall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Center/Headwall:
The Swiftness   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Center Direct   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 4 pitches, 450'   
Sole Purpose   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Spitfire   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   
Black Castle   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Tears of Envy   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 100'   
Swiftness Direct   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   
Diamond of San Diego   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 5 pitches, 450'   
Halcyon   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
The Commander   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 5 pitches, 450'   
Pockets of Resistance   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   
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Featured Route For Center/Headwall
Rock Climbing Photo: Randy Leavitt on Pockets of Resistance. Photo by J...

Pockets of Resistance 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b  CA : San Diego County : ... : Center/Headwall
This truly iconic route ascends the back-bone of Triton Tower, threading a series of huecos into a knife-edge arete above. It was featured on the cover of Rock and Ice in 2005 and is worthy of all the praise it has received since then. After falling prey to a rather prolific bolt chopper, the route was graciously re-bolted by Mike Maiden and Gordy Schafer. For a route that has been called "the best pitch of 5.12 anywhere", Resistance sees much less traffic than you'd expect.According to Randy Le...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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