BETA PHOTO: Easy corner to west face direct
The 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.
Approach as described for Pinnacle Valley
. Stop at the first significant view down the valley. The back side of Tombstone
should be visible almost directly below and appears as a vegetated ramp with aspen. Find a way down through the limestone band. Here you can either ...
a) continue straight down steep gravel-y terrain,
b) head skier's left traversing along the base of The TV Station
for a bit; at the old white hand line (July, 2016), head down eventually trending a little skier's right to reach the top of the Tombstone.
Either descent is very steep, even by Sandia standards. Perhaps it is time to find a more casual way down. Of the three or four times I have returned from Tombstone
, in all cases I have returned up a different way than I came down. Props to you if you manage to make the round trip on the same path!
Weather station 0.5 miles from here
4 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Tombstone
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West Face Traverse 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a NM
: Sandia Mountains
: ... : Tombstone
Route finding will probably not be much of an issue on this route. The first pitch is likely the crux.Pitch 1: Climb the obvious weakness in the corner to a ledge. Traverse north on the ledge to the far side of the west face.Pitch 2: Take the easiest line up and trending right....[more] Browse More Classics in NM
The Tombstone and the Knifeblade
BETA PHOTO: Tombstone from the SW Ridge of Needle.
The proud west-facing Tombstone.