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In this picture Harris is actually climbing on Ang...
The Jolly Roger is a fun climb with a great crack system. Start the climb by surmounting a 5 foot slab. Once on top of the slab climb the flat face with a series of cracks in it. The bottom of the face has a slight overhang, but it becomes vertical and then less than vertical as you climb higher. Use some fist jams and finger moves to get up this crack. The crux is near the middle of the climb in a smooth blank niche that requires a less-than-sure foot smear.
To get to the top of the Jolly Roger, hike along the Devil's Doorway Trail and take the short scenic trail that dips down to the famous Devil's Doorway formation. There is a staircase that passes between two short walls of rock on the east end of this short trail. If you walk down these stairs you will see an outcropping straight ahead. The Jolly Roger faces southwest off the end of this outcropping.
To get to the bottom of the climb from here, walk back up the stairs discussed earlier and take a right (east) down the slope through the woods (before you get back to the main Devil's Doorway Trail). This is the gully that sits between the Major Mass and Minor Mass. Hug the rock on your right and pass right (south) through the first "saddle" you see. Go through the saddle and turn right again (west) with the rock still to your right. You are now on the ledge that separates the Upper and Lower bands of the Major Mass. In Swartling's book on diagram 33E, page 141, you are standing somewhere between the words "Access" and "Angel's Traverse". Scramble west about 100 feet until you get to the base of the climb.
BETA PHOTO: Jolly Roger
Harris is climbing Angels Crack but its also a nic...
Dorie Georgantes. Photo by Woodchuck
Idan leading and getting his Jolly's on 4-28-07.
Mike Sohasky on the upper part of JR
Kyle Broadderick with a fatty send of Jolly Roger....
Following the Jungle Dog up Jolly Roger
Ryan on Jolly Roger.
Third pitch of a very nice fall weather Wednesday ...
Apr 24, 2002
One of my favorite leads for the grade at Devil's Lake. Fun climibng with really good exposure and lots of gear.
|By Jay Knower|
From: Plymouth, NH
Apr 29, 2002
There was a great picture of this route in Rock and Ice a few years back.
|By Tom Anderson-Brown|
From: Madison, WI
Sep 20, 2002
My directions for getting to this climb are a little off in the route description. Instead of heading right through the first saddle while descending the gully, you should look for the third saddle. This will take you towards a pine tree with a horizontal dead branch that sticks out about 4 feet to the left. Duck under this branch and turn slightly right after passing it. This will lead you to Jolly Roger, Angel's Crack, Cedar Tree Wall, Mary Jane, Split Decision, Indecision, etc.
May 3, 2003
This is a classic Devil's Lake route. Fun, steep, exposure, and good pro to boot.
|By Doug Hemken|
Sep 8, 2008
Great lead. Gear from 1/4" to 2". I think the crux is at the bottom, myself.
|By Ryan Strong|
From: Franklin, Wisconsin
Apr 16, 2011
one of the most exposed climbs at the lake
|By Trad Nanny|
Aug 5, 2011
This is one of the best protected climbs at the lake and with absolutely classic moves.