BETA PHOTO: Southeast face of The Crypt with the Illicit Sweet...
The climbs are on the southeast side of the rock (facing the main road) and get sun until mid to late afternnon. In addition to the fun face climbs, there is some great bouldering in the immediate vicinity, including the classic Ilicit Sweetie Boulder (5.7 - V2), and the notorious Nicole Overhang (V8).
You can easily spot The Crypt from the main road as you drive past Ryan Campground
toward Hall of Horrors. Look for an 80 foot high rock pile located about equidistant between the Love Nest and King Dome. It is located about 100 yards east of the Planet X Formation.If you stand in the right spot at the Hall of Horrors parking lot, you can see the formation.
The best approach is from the Hall of Horrors parking lot. Walk west between the first two rock piles (North Horror Rock will be on your left) then follow the trail as it curves around to the right, to the vicinity of the slab with Hemroidic Terror, Casual, Doin' Life, Jaws, etc. Look for a 20 ft. high, solitary boulder off to the left (NW). From the boulder, follow a sandy wash (heading west) that takes you directly out to The Crypt.
Climbing Season For the Planet X Area area.
Weather station 11.0 miles from here
8 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',2]
Featured Route For The Crypt
Tomb Raiders 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c CA
: Joshua Tree National Park
: ... : The Crypt
Tomb Raiders is located in the center of the southeast face of The Crypt. The crux is the powerful bulge to a mantle at the first bolt. Step right from the second bolt to 5.10 slab moves up to a ledge separated from the main wall by a gap. The third bolt protects the height-dependent span across the gap (6 foot tall or jump!) to jugs and another mantle, then 5.8 slab past the 4th bolt up to the lower-off anchor. Maybe two out of five stars....[more] Browse More Classics in CA