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The Tombstone  


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The Tombstone from the south, Joshua Tree NP

Description 

Most of the climbs on this large formation, resembling a grave marker of yore from the wild wild west, ascend cracks of varying widths on rock that varies in quality from fair to excellent. The S Cracker (5.11a) and Heaven Can Wait (5.10d) are sustained and technical one pitch routes on the east face that scale finger cracks and edges. Cinnamon Girl (5.11a) is a two pitch climb on the north face that includes technical face / thin crack climbing and burly offwidth moves. The Tombstone (5.11c s) is a three pitch route that involves technical and powerful climbing through a seam on a gently overhanging face to a vertical finger / hand crack and, finally, edging and smearing on a coarse-grained face / slab.


Getting There 

The Tombstone lies in the heart of the North Wonderland. The approach to this area is described in detail in the Directions for The Fortress.

Once The Grey Giant is reached continue south in the wash for a hundred yards or so and then head east along the base of the southern face of the Grey Giant until it is possible to navigate across the boulder strewn gully to the north face of the Tombstone. Alternatively, it is possible to access the Fortress Valley by remaining on the north side of the Grey Giant and then walk south to the western end of the gully between the Grey Giant and The Tombstone.


Climbing Season



Weather station 6.9 miles from here

6 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',1],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',1],['5.11',3],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]


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"The S Cracker". <br />Photo by Blitzo.

The S Cracker 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : The Tombstone
The obvious S shaped crack on the east side of the Tombstone. If you follow the standard approach along the west side of the Grey Giant, this route will be just out of view on the left flank of the Tombstone.Climb up easy rock to a bolt, then move right into the crack. Set some thin gear for a sequency, traversing crux. Soon the crack angles straight up and eases a bit, but a second crux comes near the top: thin laybacking with tricky gear on perfect rock. A compelling line, with strenuous c...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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The Tombstone. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
The Tombstone. Photo by Blitzo.
North Face of the Tombstone, deep in the North Wonderland of Rocks.
North Face of the Tombstone, deep in the North Won...

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By Murf
Mar 21, 2003
Just an FYI - the anchor for this formation is a sketchy one. Homemade hangers on dubious quarter inchers, yikes!
By Pete eye
From: Fort Collins, CO
Dec 21, 2009
Some easier mixed trad/bolt climbs on the west face of this thing. However, Rock quality is for the most part POOR.
A boulder with two slings wit rap rings at top, one 3 years old, the other put up last week. 2 rope rappel.