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The Tombstones

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Shunned, The 
Some Of Us Become Surgeons 
Torn Flesh 
Total Darkness 
Whole Lotta Trouble 

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.


10 Total Routes


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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+ E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
The Outspoken   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 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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