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Routes in The Tombstone

Dark Shadows T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Old School Executioner T 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Stiletto T,S 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Tombstone Crack T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
Elevation: 5,927 ft
GPS: 31.939, -110.011 Google Map · Climbing Map
Shared By: eMurdock on Nov 10, 2009
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick

Description

The Tombstone is a distinctive, prism shaped rock that has neon green lichen and an obvious offwidth on the west face. It can't be missed when you are about a half a mile from the end of the road on the west side of the stronghold. The routes face west and north and are all high-quality and worthwhile. There are about 4 established routes and one super-worthy project (hard crack to face) as of November 2009. All of the routes are one long single pitch. Descend via double rope rappel.

Getting There

Park about .3 or .4 miles from the end of the road to the parking area on the west side of the stronghold. If you pass the pullout and end up at the trailhead, just set the odometer and head back. Hike for about 20 or 30 minutes to the southeast toward the obvious Tombstone formation with the massive offwidth/chimney that splits the west face. Approach is casual with a little bit of bushwacking if you are unlucky.

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cavemonkey   AK
better approach to ledge than rotten chimney
50 ft left
3 bolts and a couple cams
5.5+ish
that chimney sucks Mar 30, 2012
Every route here is rated with a plus (+) at the end. Having just done the two oldest climbs and giving them a harder rating it will be interesting to see what others think. Apr 21, 2011
Geir
Tucson, AZ
Geir   Tucson, AZ
hmmm... a brand new anonymous account used for a sarcastic post. grow a pair and use your real name.

for the real users/climbers out there, the tombstone is terrific and easy to find (though not as easy as chimney rock). avoiding all the brush can be very troublesome, and bushwacking can really wreck the foliage and lead to erosion. so marcy and i took the time to place cairns along the trail, and i posted an overhead map. Apr 13, 2011
Thanks for posting that. I've been trying to find The Tombstone for 15 years. Now I finally can. Apr 12, 2011
Geir
Tucson, AZ
Geir   Tucson, AZ
The Tombstone is a terrific place to climb. The rock is good, the exposure is awesome, and the routes are just fantastic. For those who like old-school routes, beautiful surroundings, and a solid challenge, this formation makes for a great day and should not be missed.

A google earth file showing the approach to the Tombstone can be found here:

geir.com/googleearth/strong…


To view it directly from MP you can click this link:

toofasttopos.com/googleeart… Mar 21, 2011
Andy Bennett
Tucson, AZ
Andy Bennett   Tucson, AZ
The new trail (courtesy of Geir H. and Co.) offers a much better approach. Access it at the small parking area (roughly directly across from the Tombstone) on your right that you reach before you get to the end of the road. Mar 11, 2011

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