Kolby By: Kolby

Climber on SW Corner (5.6) - Headstone Rock, Joshua Tree

The original name given this formation by Mark Powell and Bill Feuerer in 1958 was "The Can Opener." Later, early Wolfe guides called it "Balance Rock." Wolfe changed the name again to "Headstone Rock" since there is some evidence that this name was used before climbers named it (a couple of miners are buried nearby).

  • Enlightened Fellow 8y

    Good background info. I hadn't realized the name-change history. This very climb is the first JTree climb I ever did, and it scared me to death (well, almost). And now I come back to the park almost every weekend.
  • Enlightened Fellow 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Joshua Tree Climbing and Bouldering, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • outdegree 4y

    nice! i got stuck on that overhang and it is so easy route :)
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Taken on March 16, 2007
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