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.
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.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated 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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West Face Direct 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 slightly different second pitch. I followed Schein's line, so I can't comment on Hill's full route.Pitch 1: From the top of the pillar that marks the base of the climb, pull through some face moves that immediately get your attention, to gain a crac...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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