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The Cirque of the Climbables (aka The Tombstone)

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The Cirque of the Climbables (aka The Tombstone) Rock Climbing 

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A base jumper faces the moment of truth after leap...

RAIN, WET ROCK and RAPTOR CLOSURES: The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Also please ask and be aware of Raptor Closures in areas such as CAT WALL and RESERVOIR WALL in Indian Creek MORE INFO >>>


The Tombstones of Kane Springs Canyon are what trad and aid climbers dream about. The rock is high quality Navajo sandstone with a little sand at the base but from the 20 foot mark to the 365 foot mark the rock is clean and solid. The routes are mainly mixed trad and aid and hold some of the best free climbing piches in the desert. The descent routes are all good rap lines and the rock is great in the winter.Watch out for base jumpers, if they don't call the jump it sounds like a huge rockfall!!

Getting There 

You can't miss the Tombstones when driving into Kane Springs Canyon. The three huge stones are 50 yards off the road to your left, 1/2 mile after you cross the cattle guard at the mouth of the canyon. Park in the pulloff on the left under the Middle Tombstone. Approach via the climbers trail at the pullout. Time to the rock is about 3 minutes.

Climbing Season

For the Kane Springs Canyon area.

Weather station 4.4 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Cirque of the Climbables (aka The Tombstone)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Cirque of the Climbables (aka The Tombstone):
Deep Voodoo   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C2     Trad, Aid, 4 pitches, 380'   
Playing Hooky   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b C2     Aid, 4 pitches, 375'   
Corner Route   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 5 pitches, 400'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: A soloist on the direct start to Playing Hooky.

Playing Hooky 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b C2  Utah : Moab Area : ... : The Cirque of the Climbable...
This route goes up the middle of the center tombstone. It is a super aesthetic climb (esp. P3) and has some great exposure. It can be a little noisy when all the jeeps and dirt bikes are crusin' around. This route has gone free, and there is a lot of chalk up there.Pitch 1 (5.7 or 5.10d): Two ways to go. A goofy 5.7 chimney pitch starts far to the climbers left of the P1 anchor. Begin up a sandy slot, a couple very easy stem moves puts you on a ledge, traverse a few feet right and climb up the 5...[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

Photos of The Cirque of the Climbables (aka The Tombstone) Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The Tombstones at sunset.
The Tombstones at sunset.
Rock Climbing Photo: Flying Hooky 5.10d C2 :)  Hauled our loads up and ...
Flying Hooky 5.10d C2 :) Hauled our loads up and ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Racking up for the Tompstone
Racking up for the Tompstone
Rock Climbing Photo: just the Tomb Stones
just the Tomb Stones

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