Friends over things, outside over inside. Will you go out with us? #OptOutside — Join Us Outside
Sign Up  |   Log In:Login with Facebook
REI Community
The Zoo
Select Route:
An Unexpected Journey  
Another World 
Barnacle Bill 
Bilbo's Revenge 
Charlie Horse 
Circumspect Ceiling 
Crystal Method 
Four Hole 
Gone in 60 Seconds 
Good Rips 
Grilled Cheese 
Hobbit Direct 
Hobbit Hole 
Jaws (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) 
John's Stand Up 
Let's Call It "levitation" 
Lobster Pot, The 
Lobster Tail, The 
Marathon, The 
Mistaken Identity 
Power and Grace 
Professor, The 
Rio's Smaug Face Problem 
Shire, The 
Two Bits 
Wanderer, The 
When I'm On My Own 
Zoo Traverse 

Crystal Method 

Hueco: V5 Font: 6C

Type:  Boulder, 12'
Original:  Hueco: V5 Font: 6C [details]
Page Views: 796
Submitted By: BDalhaus on Aug 27, 2009

You & This Route  |  Other Opinions (5)
Your todo list:
Your stars:
Your rating: -none- [change]
Your ticklist: [add new tick]
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]


Are you a fan of head injuries and awkward painful climbing? Do you enjoy bouldering with a helmet and causing harm to your spotter when you fall? If so, then this is the climb for you! On the backside of the Zoo, this sharp arete rises out of a hole and while it doesn't look half bad, it is possibly one of the worst problems in the park. Start at the base of the arete and climb out of the hole while fighting the barndoor into the other boulder, then as you finally reach the crux, try to avoid cracking your head open or knocking your spotter off of the boulder as you grunt for the lip.


On the backside of the Zoo, next to the stream, on the the same boulder as Jaws (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and The Professor. From Hobbit Hole you could actually just duck through the cave and come out the back, but it's easier to walk around.


Two or three pads, spotter, maybe even a helmet

Comments on Crystal Method Add Comment
Show which comments
By Christian Prellwitz
From: Telluride, CO
Oct 9, 2013
rating: V5+ 6C+

C'mon Bryce, this climb isn't THAT bad.

If you removed the climb from its terrible location, it might be three star worthy. The climbing is quite technical and challenging, with movement straight out of Squamish.

That's not to say that all of the negatives Bryce mentioned aren't accurate. Personally, I think it's worthy of one star. And more traffic. With the caveat that you should be pretty solid at the grade and preferably have a couple of pads and a spotter.
By Ian McAfee
From: Concord, NH
Jun 17, 2016

So this climbs the arete? There are some face holds sorta farther in the cave, I figured it traversed to the arete and then up, didn't look too closely though.
By eddysamson
Jun 17, 2016 this really called Crystal Method? Like is there seriously 2 climbs at Pway called Crystal Method? lol come on now...

Isn't Crystal Method a V8 on the Method boulder?
By Jake Perry
From: Concord, NH
Jun 17, 2016

Yes it is called Crystal Method and yes Crystal Method is also a v8 on the method boulder. Lol there's also two classic cracks and two rio's problems (both in boulder natural too haha).
By Christian Prellwitz
From: Telluride, CO
Jun 18, 2016
rating: V5+ 6C+


This climbs the sharper knife like arete. The other overhang to the right also has a v4ish climb and potential for a harder line or two. Tyler and I messed around on it a little bit a while ago. Really nice rock.

The Definitive
Climbing Resource

Inspiration & Motivation
to Fuel Your Run

Next Generation Mountain
Bike Trail Maps

Backcountry, Sidecountry
& Secret Stashes

Better Data. Better Tools.
Better Hikes!