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The Tombstone is a distinctive, prism shaped rock that has neon green lichen and an obvious offwidth on the west face. It can't be missed when you are about a half a mile from the end of the road on the west side of the stronghold. The routes face west and north and are all high-quality and worthwhile. There are about 4 established routes and one super-worthy project (hard crack to face) as of November 2009. All of the routes are one long single pitch. Descend via double rope rappel.
Park about .3 or .4 miles from the end of the road to the parking area on the west side of the stronghold. If you pass the pullout and end up at the trailhead, just set the odometer and head back. Hike for about 20 or 30 minutes to the southeast toward the obvious Tombstone formation with the massive offwidth/chimney that splits the west face. Approach is casual with a little bit of bushwacking if you are unlucky.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Tombstone:
Stiletto 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 115'
Tombstone Crack 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 140'
Dark Shadows 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 160'
Old School Executioner 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ E6 6b Trad, 100'
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Tombstone Crack 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b PG13 AZ : Cochise Stronghold : ... : The Tombstone
Continuous hand crack on left side of north face; you can't miss it. Sustained crack with a crux at the end. There is gear at the pumpy crux, but you have to work for it. You might want to save a wide-hands size cam for the last bit after the crux. This might be one of the best hand crack pitches in the Stronghold....[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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