Type: Sport
FA: Kurt Smith
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Shared By: Pinklebear on Dec 8, 2001
Admins: Alvaro Arnal, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Can you say crimpy? This route has gotten harder as glue-reinforced crimps on the finishing headwall have peeled off. Thankfully there's lots of them, so there's still plenty to work with up there.

Cryptic is the second route from the left in the Wicked Cave and often has draws on it. It moves through ledgy rock down low and left through a scoop to a large flake. A bulge above the flake leads to a consistently overhanging wall with one good rest about 2/3 of the way up. The upper wall is very colorful, streaked with blue and red hues that make for good eye candy while you're dangling on the end of the rope.

This route can basically be broken down into two sections -- the lower half, with its cruxy bulge and pinch boulder problem getting onto the face, and the upper business, consisting of a very sustained 25 feet of crimping to get up and over the nice headwall to the anchors.

Avoid this route in July if at all possible as the Wicked Cave teems with mosquitoes and the air is generally hot and stagnant.


14 draws and a 60 meter rope.


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skinny legs and all
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
skinny legs and all   Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
The first female ascent was by Bobbi Bensman in July 1994. Dec 12, 2013
Matt Lawry
Louisville, CO
Matt Lawry   Louisville, CO
Another key glued crimp (left hand, just above 2nd to last bolt) has peeled off. The move still goes, but the hold is worse now. I don't think it will affect the overall difficulty, but you will have to core up a bit more through that section. Aug 4, 2015