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Tombstone Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Bill Lawry on Sep 1, 2007
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The Tombstone, true to its name, stands isolated. Most routes are on the face which looks west and so summer climbs in the morning can be cool if the wind picks up.

On the west face of Tombstone, the established routes are two pitches; of these, the upper pitches tend to use around 40 meters of rope.

Getting There 

Approach as described for Pinnacle Valley. Stop at the first significant view down the valley. The back side of Tombstone should be visible almost directly below and appears as a vegetated ramp. Find a way down through the limestone band to a steep trail. Gravel covers many parts of this trail - for slipping on and/or setting loose on your partner(s) below. The gravel lets up as one approaches the top of Tombstone. Continue descending just to the skier's left (south) of Tombstone to access most routes.

Of the three or four times I have returned from Tombstone, in all cases I have returned up a different way than I came down. Props to you if you manage to make the round trip on the same path!

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.5 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Tombstone

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Tombstone:
West Face Traverse   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches   
West Face Direct   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 250'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: West Face Left (5.8), Tombstone, Sandia Mountains,...

West Face Left 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  NM : Sandia Mountains : ... : Tombstone
This line is described in Hill's (1983:109,111) "Hikers and Climbers Guide to the Sandias" (I'm working with the 2nd edition; I haven't seen if this description has changed in the 3rd edition). Schein's (2003:75) "Sandia Rock" describes a line that may have a slightly different first pitch. I followed Schein's line, so I can't comment on Hill's full route.Pitch 1: From the top of the pillar at the far left side, face climb through discontinuous cracks and seams, finding pro where you ...[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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Rock Climbing Photo: The Tombstone and the Knifeblade
The Tombstone and the Knifeblade
Rock Climbing Photo: Tombstone from the SW Ridge of Needle.
BETA PHOTO: Tombstone from the SW Ridge of Needle.

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