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Alienist T 
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 Rock Climbing 

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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 Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Headstone

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Headstone:
Head Games   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 150'   
Chickenhead   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches   
Lions and Chipmunks and Bears, Oh My   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Remote Control   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 2 pitches   
Alienist   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 100'   
Topaz   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 220'   
Scratchy Face   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Io   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 2 pitches   
The V-Slaught   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 2 pitches, 100'   
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Featured Route For The Headstone
Rock Climbing Photo: ABS climbing the route.

Topaz 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  Colorado : 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 Colorado

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

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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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