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The Tombstone Rock Climbing 

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Location: 31.93891, -110.01134 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: eMurdock on Nov 10, 2009
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Tombstone in the afternoon. Stiletto is on the ar...


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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.8 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in The Tombstone

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Tombstone:
Tombstone Crack   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 140'   
Stiletto   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 115'   
Dark Shadows   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 160'   
Old School Executioner   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Trad, 100'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Tombstone Crack

Tombstone Crack 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13  Arizona : Cochise Stronghold : ... : The Tombstone
Continuous hand crack on left side of north face; you can't miss it. Sustained crack with a crux at the end. There is gear at the pumpy crux, but you have to work for it. You might want to save a wide-hands size cam for the last bit after the crux. This might be one of the best hand crack pitches in the Stronghold....[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

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By Andy Bennett
From: Tucson, AZ
Mar 11, 2011
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.
By Geir
From: Tucson, AZ
Mar 21, 2011
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:

To view it directly from MP you can click this link:
By Dr flubstub
Apr 12, 2011
Thanks for posting that. I've been trying to find The Tombstone for 15 years. Now I finally can.
By Geir
From: Tucson, AZ
Apr 13, 2011
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.
By 1Eric Rhicard
Apr 21, 2011
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.
By cavemonkey
From: AK
Mar 30, 2012
better approach to ledge than rotten chimney
50 ft left
3 bolts and a couple cams
that chimney sucks

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