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Short but very sweet, the Tombstones face east and get sun for half the day, with the exception of the left side, which is in shade early due to the lesser rock in front. The granite is coarse and holds the feet very well, which is good because most of the climbing is quite vertical on very thin edges! Home to a nice 5.7 crack (Total Darkness) which splits the formation down the center, the 5.9’s on either side are pretty hard for the grade but the .10’s are spot on. For the 5.10 leader, this is a great wall on which to spend some time, just start at one end and lead everything there. There are separate bolted chain anchors for every route.
The Tombstones are easy to find, like all the major formations of the Cemetery. Follow the directions to the Cemetery and head left at the first opening. From this central point (looking east to the Evil Pillar) turn left and walk a short way to the corridor. The Tombstones is the 25’ wall on the left.
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Changing Forms 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 30'
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Torn Flesh 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b CA : High Desert : ... : The Tombstones
The second bolt line from the left, Torn Flesh is another stellar climb. The crimps are very sharp, hence the name, but provide very positive holds. Start a bit left of the first bolt. There is a sweet lesser crux right off the ground, utilizing a beautiful crimp and tiny feet that you just have to trust. Moving right and gaining the good flake allows one to clip the first bolt. The crux comes while passing the second bolt but there are several sweet .10a moves that follow. All in all a ni...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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