Take exit #4 off Hwy. 1,turn right, follow Woodgreen Drive to top. Park at Cypress Trails Park. Follow main trail past black metal gate , turn right 100 meters past gate, go east towards river. At top of river bank, head uphill for 100 meters. Just before black Fence look for trail on right. About 7 minutes from car. Fixed 4th class hand line to base of crag.
At base of Tombstone, boulder hop, North, through creek to base of Knuckle Head. 200- 300 meters. Alternately, from Cypress Trails Park, follow main trail to gravel road. Right on gravel road to wooden bridge, immediately after bridge follow trail on right to top of Knuckle Head. 14 minutes from car. Rap chains behind tree on top of crag.
This a mixed climbing area that needs a small rack to 3”. There are only two all sport routes, but most of the harder mixed routes have bolts at crux.
Topos and map to follow. Take a minute to walk uphill from main trail at top of Tomb Stone to the viewpoint and see why it's called Knuckle Head.
After re-climbing and a second opinion, I'd maybe downgrade both these routes to 5.11+Mike Teschke wrote:Tombstone has a third bolt up at the top to to avoid placing a big #3 or #4 high up behind the masive flake/boulder. Both Tombstone and Grave Digger have bolt protected cruxes, I'd guess that the crux climbing on both routes is in V3 boulder problem difficulty range. The climbing is deceptively sustained 5.10 crack climbing before and after the cruxes of both routes. I found a single rack from small TCU sizes to #3 Camalot to be ideal (#4 if you're shorter than 6ft). Enjoy!
I wanted to add the Cougar crag route details to this thread so that all routes can be found in one thread:
Routes Left to Right:
S.O.S (Spicy Old Spinster) 5.11d
On the Prowl 24/7 5.12b
Double Shot No Foam Soy Latte 5.11d/12A (red tape)
Jealous Husband 5.12a/b sustained
Pool Boy 5.11a sustained sustained
Awkward Proposition 5.10c
Cougarlicious 5.10b roof
Another Project 5.11+
Everything is dry and the canyon stays cool and refreshing on hot days. Check it out!
http://www.supertopo.com/tr/Tombstone-S ... 1164n.html
We climbed Headstone, Undertaker (the one you rap to get into the canyon) and Popeye. Undertaker was sustained, and I broke a sweat, but it was my favourite due of the variety of moves employed. The two stars are well deserved ... I would go as far as to give it 3.
Things got a bit interesting when my newbie partner had trouble finishing a climb, and also left some gear behind, all while darkness was falling. Good thing I remembered to bring my headlamp. We walked out from the top of Knucklehead and along the access road... no problems at all.
Some beta for the newcomers:
- The area is a canyon with sheer sides. Unless you want to walk around the long way, you gotta climb to get out. Possibly on lead. Give yourself ample time.
- The roar of the creek makes it very difficult for the belayer to hear the climber, but you do have line-of-sight. Agree on some hand signals before you set out.
Thanks for this gem, rolf. I will definitely be going back there with some friends.
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