BETA PHOTO: Easy corner to west face direct
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.
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 with aspen. Find a way down through the limestone band. Here you can either ...
a) continue straight down steep gravel-y terrain,
b) head skier's left traversing along the base of The TV Station
for a bit; at the old white hand line (July, 2016), head down eventually trending a little skier's right to reach the top of the Tombstone.
Either descent is very steep, even by Sandia standards. Perhaps it is time to find a more casual way down. 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 For the Sandia Mountains area.
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
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Tombstone:
Featured Route For Tombstone
Southwest Corner Direct 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
: Sandia Mountains
: ... : Tombstone
Pitch 1: Start up pitch 1 of the West Face Traverse. Belay on the Southwest end of the large ledge that typically begins the traverse for pitch 1 of the West Face Traverse. Pitch 2: Head up trending right from the belay toward a bush 20-30 ft above (runout) Once you reach the bush set some much needed protection and continue to trend right toward an obvious chimney that is the (well protected) crux of the climb. Once atop the chimney continue on easy ground to the summit and set the belay....[more] Browse More Classics in NM
The proud west-facing Tombstone.
BETA PHOTO: Tombstone from the SW Ridge of Needle.
The Tombstone and the Knifeblade