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Routes in Tombstone

Southwest Corner Direct T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
West Face Direct T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
West Face Left T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
West Face Traverse T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a

Description

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

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Previously, this and other descriptions have approached Tombstone either in a direct line down from the crest ridge or a similarly steep descent a bit skier's left (south) of the direct line. These are as treacherously steep as about any hiking approach in the Sandias. Instead, I recommend taking a more mellow line - albeit a bit longer:

Approach as described for WatchTower. Along the ridge top, it may help to stop and peak over the edge at the top of Tombstone to get an idea of what you are looking for as you near the top. After descending almost (?) to the "clearing" above WatchTower, traverse skier's left (south) at first in forest but eventually passing through a sloping aspen forest until at or near the top of Tombstone.

The below photo is taken at a point nearly at the top of WatchTower but, obviously, from a point well past the traverse to skier's left.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Tombstone

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
West Face Traverse
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
West Face Direct
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
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
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