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The Tombstone  Rock Climbing 

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Location: 35.88895, -93.13044 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Wes W on Mar 2, 2016
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The Tombstone is the most remote and obscure crag in the Cowell Region. It is perfect for those trying to escape the masses at HCR or Sams. The name comes from a small cemetery that is located near the parking area above the cliffs. Until recently, most of the routes were traditional climbs established in the early 1990’s. Now there are several new sport and trad lines that make Tombstone a great area for a small group or a weekend trip. Also note, a high clearance vehicle is needed to access this area or you would have to hike approximately 2 miles from the invasion campground.

The Tombstone is located on a rocky peninsula that points almost due North (with climbing on the east and west sides), so you can chase the sun or shade depending upon the time of year. To those with small children and dogs, the standard approach involves down climbing or rappelling, so use the fearless approach.

Getting There 

From the Invasion campground, continue about 2 miles on NC6580 to the cemetery, a high clearance vehicle is necessary. Approach 1- From the Cemetery, walk north to the point and rappel from a tree to the base. Approach 2- from the cemetery, walk east into the woods for 3-5 minutes. Follow a wet drainage down to the base, heinous if icy. Walk north to the fearless area.

Climbing Season

For the Cowell Area area.

Weather station 5.8 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

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Fearless 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  Arkansas : Cowell Area : The Tombstone
This short crack features powerful laybacking, a tough undercling traverse, and 10+ fingers. In my opinion this is the best route at Tombstone. Layback a left-facing dihedral to a roof, move left to a rest, and pull into the short sectionn of fingers....[more]   Browse More Classics in Arkansas

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