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The Crypt Rock Climbing 


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Submitted By: Bob Gaines on Apr 24, 2005
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BETA PHOTO: Southeast face of The Crypt with the Illicit Sweet...

Description 

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).

Getting There 

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



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]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',1],['5.8',3],['5.9',1],['5.10',0],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]


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Mummy Dearest 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : The Crypt
Climbs the left side of the plated/varnished buttress, located on the right side of the southeast face.Climbs up to the slanting wide crack, then up the varnished face with seams. Maybe one out of five stars....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By Murf
Nov 20, 2016
Expecting a remote area with a few ok routes in the sun to escape the crowds? Well, turns out there is a boulder with 3-4 V-nothings with crowds that puts LAX during XMas to shame. Get there early, leave early!
By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Dec 27, 2016
So sad! Always wondered why the parking lot was always full and where everyone had gone. Now we know.