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The Tombstones

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Beg to Differ S 
Changing Forms S 
Chunky Monkey S 
Grave Humor TR 
Outspoken, The S 
Shunned, The S 
Some Of Us Become Surgeons S 
Torn Flesh S 
Total Darkness T 
Whole Lotta Trouble S 

The Tombstones  


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Elevation: 3,200'
Location: 34.4818, -117.1293 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Bill Olszewski on Jan 20, 2008
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Description 

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 5.9s on either side are pretty hard for the grade but the .10s 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.

Routes from left to right:

The Outspoken (5.10b)
Torn Flesh (5.10a)
The Shunned (5.9)
Total Darkness (5.7)
Some Of Us Become Surgeons (5.10a)
Beg to Differ (5.9)
Changing Forms (5.10b)
Grave Humor (5.8 TR)

Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season



Weather station 5.2 miles from here

10 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',1],['5.9',3],['5.10',5],['5.11',0],['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]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Tombstones:
Changing Forms   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
The Outspoken   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
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The Shunned 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  CA : High Desert : ... : The Tombstones
Third bolt line from the left. I felt that The Shunned was fairly difficult for the grade, maybe more like .10a, and it wanders a bit. Start right of the first bolt, on thin edges, working to the left after the first bolt to get atop the ledge. Clip the second bolt and then: If you have a reach above 7-6 you can work straight up and grab the lower knob. Since my reach is about 7-2 I had to traverse right from the ledge, working up on thin edges, then back to the left to gain the knobs an...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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