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Tombstone Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Bill Lawry on Sep 1, 2007
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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.

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 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

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: Indicates Route for the Southwest Direct

Southwest Corner Direct 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13  NM : 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

Photos of Tombstone Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The proud west-facing Tombstone.
The proud west-facing Tombstone.
Rock Climbing Photo: Tombstone from the SW Ridge of Needle.
BETA PHOTO: Tombstone from the SW Ridge of Needle.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Tombstone and the Knifeblade
The Tombstone and the Knifeblade

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