|Loch Vale & uphill
Approach as for Loch Vale. The Crypt is located on the north side of the Loch and gets sun later in the day. Climb uphill to the obvious 100' curtain. Rocks may be found on the right side of the approach if avalanche conditions are high. Look out for avalanches from above as well. Allow 2 hours for the approach. To descend, rappel off trees.
A few screws should suffice.
A view of the Crypt taken on 12/18/04. The ice co...
Aaron Shileikis on The Crypt.
Photo by Christophe...
No rope, no climber 10/30/4.
BETA PHOTO: The Crypt on 1/17/2009.
Beautiful spin drift: 2 Dec 07.
BETA PHOTO: February 16.
The Crypt, photo taken in March 8th, 2008. I thin...
BETA PHOTO: The Crypt on November 29, 2007.
Picture by Christ...
|By Anonymous Coward|
Feb 18, 2002
Went up to the Loch to do the Crypt on 2-16-02. Did not need skis for the approach. The flow looks good except for the creeping snowfield above the gully. Trying to salvage the day we then checked out the Loch Vale Gorge area. It was lacking in ice!
|By Anonymous Coward|
Aug 19, 2002
Only attempt this route in low avalanche conditions. Huge waves of snow that would rip you off your stance and prompty bury you routinely pummel this route. New accumulations of snow pose problems. The sun warming the snow above the route also causes serious problems. Be careful.
|By Scott Bower|
From: Fort Collins, CO
Feb 17, 2004
The Crypt is nowhere near 100 feet tall. There are two trees at the top with slings around them. The first is very small and suspect. The second tree is much larger, but farther (~30 feet) from the top of the ice. A 60m rope easily reaches from the second tree, but a 50m rope should be long enough as long as you rap toward the ride side of the climb.
From: Boulder, Colorado
Jan 9, 2010
Climbed the Crypt today, Jan 9th, 2010. The slings at the top have been upgraded to having two rap rings and an extra piece of cord or two. Should be good to go for a while.
|By Greg Sievers|
From: Estes Park, CO
Dec 30, 2011
We could find no rap slings on 12-29-11.
I don't know if the 2 huge trees laying horizonally above the left side of this route are from the November 2011 wind event (they are still green).
We only found tat w/ rap rings on the big dead tree to the far right(which we cut off).
We installed a new rap sling w/ 1-ring & 1-biner around 2 x 5" trees in the lower center, and closest to the edge. I hope it remains easy to find.
|By erik rieger|
From: Gold Hill, CO
Jul 19, 2013
A good backup if the route you came for isn't in condition or the weather sucks. Otherwise, not sure it's worth the hike. Rap slings are up and right of the route and may be snow-covered.