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!
Climbing Season For the Sandia Mountains area.
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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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Tombstone:
Featured Route For Tombstone
West Face Direct 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c New Mexico
: Sandia Mountains
: ... : Tombstone
This line is described in Hill's (1983:109-111) "Hikers and Climbers Guide to the Sandias" (I'm working with the 2nd edition; I haven't seen if this description has changed in the 3rd edition). Schein's (2003:75) "Sandia Rock" describes a slightly different second pitch. I followed Schein's line, so I can't comment on Hill's full route.Pitch 1: From the top of the pillar that marks the base of the climb, pull through some face moves that immediately get your attention, to gain a crac...[more] Browse More Classics in New Mexico
The Tombstone and the Knifeblade
BETA PHOTO: Tombstone from the SW Ridge of Needle.
The proud west-facing Tombstone.