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The Headstone

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Alienist S 
Chickenhead T 
Clouds of Jupiter T 
Epitaph, The S 
Haus Flake S 
Head Games T,S 
Head Trip T 
Io S 
Lions and Chipmunks and Bears, Oh My S 
Noble Savage T 
Project (aka Who Haas Done It) S 
Rampart Rage, The T,S 
Razor Burn S 
Remote Control S 
Rock Nazi S 
Scratchy Face S 
Slab Variation S 
Topaz S 
V-Slaught, The S 

The Headstone  

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Elevation: 9,400'
Location: 39.2575, -105.0991 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Richard M. Wright on Jan 1, 2001
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The Headstone proper can be said to end on the right at Rock Nazi just before the trail drops under a large detached boulder. The Headstone is an imposing 250 ft West facing yellow wall that gets good sun from noon till sundown. If you climb at Devil's Head, you will climb The Headstone. It is pure classic.

Getting There 

From the Zinn Overlook, take a faint trail down and left, heading directly toward the most imposing crag in sight. Cross a small talus field to the base; routes start all the way to the left around the corner and in a huge dihedral.

Ed: I tracked the trail heading in and it's about 2 miles from the lower road when the gate to the campground is closed. Very obvious trail to the fire tower and Zinn Overlook (marked with a sign). -Ben

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.0 miles from here

19 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Headstone:
Chickenhead   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches   
Head Games   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 150'   
Lions and Chipmunks and Bears, Oh My   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Head Trip   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches   
Remote Control   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 2 pitches   
Alienist   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 100'   
Clouds of Jupiter   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch   
Scratchy Face   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Topaz   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 220'   
Rock Nazi   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Io   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 2 pitches   
Haus Flake   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 2 pitches, 160'   
The V-Slaught   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 2 pitches, 100'   
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Topaz 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  CO : South Platte : ... : The Headstone
The ultimate classic Headstone route and one of the best moderate lines on the hill, Topaz is a must do. The route fires straight up the middle of the Headstone in rather roughish looking rock. It begins on a sparsely bolted slab, passes a small roof, and fires straight up in two pitches of pure classic crimps, flakes, layaways, chickenheads, and a roof just below the first anchor. The first pitch is nearly 150 feet long; the second about 70 feet. To descend, rap the line using either ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of The Headstone Slideshow Add Photo
Headstone lower pitch and Crimpfest (right).
Headstone lower pitch and Crimpfest (right).
As seen from the west.
As seen from the west.
Headstone as seen from the Zinn Overlook.
Headstone as seen from the Zinn Overlook.
The Head Stone.
BETA PHOTO: The Head Stone.
Headstone from the fire lookout.
Headstone from the fire lookout.
The Headstone as seen from the Starcastle
The Headstone as seen from the Starcastle

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From: broomdigiddy
Aug 4, 2008
For what it is worth to anyone going up to proj on some of the stellar lines on the upper face. You can rap to the ground from the anchors at the base of Rampart Rage to the ground with one 60m rope. This is with ROPE STRETCH though. So know that you will be hitting the ground with your toes as the end of the ropes hit your belay device.
Totally casual though.
By percious
From: Bear Creek, CO
Jul 20, 2009
Well worth the long approach. Look for a small cairn just past the Zinn overlook on the left. This is a good crag on those hot days. Parts of it are shaded most of the day, and it is a few thousand feet up above the parking lot (providing some alittudinal relief from the heat).
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