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Jasyn Klamborowski on Cryptic
Cryptic is significantly steeper and a bit more strenuous than the SW Corner, but by going up the right side of Headstone's south face, it stays over the ground and thus lacks SW Corner's incredible exposure.
Nevertheless, it's a fun, well-protected, straight-up line in an amazing location. Not ready to lead it? The bolts up top are perfectly set up to TR this route, if you can manage to beat the crowds (much easier said than done).
4 bolts, bolted anchor/rap (all 3/8")
BETA PHOTO: Climbers on Headstone Rock (((2-29-2004)))
Brian Smith cruising Cryptic. Skip Garibaldi phot...
My daughter hiking Cryptic
Kelly makes the mantle
Kelly ticks her first lead on real rock at age 14
We had just climbed S/W Corner and I was setting u...
Rapping down the front face of crptic.
Scott on the summit of the Headstone with Ryan cam...
Rapping down the front side of Cryptic after a gre...
Super fun route with great finger and foot holds i...
Photo by Blitzo.
Shiloh on Cryptic -Sat April 8th
Lowering Dalon back down Cryptic; VERY g...
The rappel off the North side of Headstone Rock is...
BETA PHOTO: My roommate Dan and co-worker Emily
Unknown climber on Cryptic
Sascha Madrid on Cryptic
Posing on the jug hold of Cryptic
BETA PHOTO: Rappel anchors for getting down off Headstone (ove...
BETA PHOTO: Top rope anchors for Cryptic.
me leading Cryptic. Photo by James Marca
Reardon soloing, photo by Damon Corso
Cryptic, photo Dave Rockwell, climber John Ely, Oc...
From: Westminster, CO
Aug 29, 2003
Steve, you were right about being able to sling the "Horn". But it was not needed so I didn't. But it would be easy to do, though unnecessary. It's a pretty cool little climb though. And the view is hard to beat. Needless to say, as we did when we did the So.Corner, we of course hiked in. Boy was it a long hike. Wish they would open Ryan so we could just drive on in. But being the "Boyscout" that I am, ...................and upstanding citizen.......................
|By Steven Powers|
Oct 1, 2003
i know at the top of the route it is pretty easy climbing but, anything can happen, after the last bolt the route gets kind of run out, so to keep from taking a long fall all you have to do is flip your rope behing one of the large flakes/horns at the top, or sling it either way it will keep you much safer. Peace.
|By C Miller|
Dec 11, 2003
Great moves and position with an easy approach. Worth repeating at least once every season. Four stars out of five.
Dec 17, 2003
FA of this fine climb was done in 1970/1 by Mark Powell who placed only a single bolt and used a pin or 2 higher. The other 2 bolts were added later by unknown climbers.
From: Westminster, CO
May 19, 2004
Did this one again and agree that it is worth doing. SoW Corner also again and again. Both good ones for the masses...........
|By Anonymous Coward|
Feb 26, 2005
I don't know about using the rap anchors up top for TR. They are fairly centered on the formation, if I remember correctly, and a fall could allow a big swing over the south face of the formation. Also, I didn't see any moves over 5.7. Nice route.
|By Jason Shatek|
Apr 7, 2005
Watched my climbing compadre TR this route, its more straight up and down than SW corner, more straight forward. From what I hear the moves ain't bad either.
From: Las Vegas, NV
Jun 11, 2006
Excellent route that "feels" more safe than SW corner not that that route is bad. All the holds are there and the bolts are well placed. Don't worry about that featureless section up high, move right and its an easy romp to the top!!
Sep 25, 2006
A good route!
|By Chris Owen|
From: La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake
Oct 22, 2006
It's been along time since I did this one. Repeated it yesterday and had a blast - what a fun route - don't know where the crux was, but didn't do any mantles. Melody Wong followed in Tevas (she doesn't recommend it) toting a huge SLR digital camera with a zoom lens.
I think this is a classic.
|By Bill Olszewski|
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Apr 8, 2007
Fun, fun, fun! Be sure to walk the upper ledge with your hands, not your feet, so you can hang from the horn for that shameless photo op. ;-) And try it at night sometime!
From: Midvale, UT
Jan 4, 2011
Sweet, This was the best climb I did on my first trip to JT.
|By Harrison Dreves|
From: Nashville, TN
Feb 17, 2011
Anyone else get a sweet heelhook and campus move around the jug :)
Super fun to do at dusk!
Feb 18, 2011
An excellent JT classic and a very smooth lead.One to do again and again.Superb location.There's a photo in the old Wolfe/Dominick guidebook of someone climbing Headstone in tennis shoes in the 1950s.The FA of this formation was apparently accomplished by throwing a rope over the top and batmaning up.
Nov 7, 2011
Awesome climb, great Cliffhanger photo op 2/3 of the way up. On top are two older bolts with ring hangers and three new metolius bolts with two chains. Bring webbing to extend the anchor for TRing this climb or SW corner.
|By Brandon Bateman|
From: La Crescenta, CA
Jan 21, 2013
This is a must-do climb for any level climber in j-tree.