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Rigor Mortis 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a C2

Type:  Trad, Aid, 3 pitches, 340', Grade III
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a C2 [details]
FA: Paul Ross, Layne Potter May 2003
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Paul Ross on Pitch 3 first ascent of Rigor Mortis ...


Some interesting situations.Might be free climbable. On the first ascent three falls were taking caused by a few cams ripping out.The top crack is in good rock.The climb is located on the southern end of the Tombstone, about 300' left of The Gift. 3 minute walk from the parking area.Nice camping area.

P1. Climb a left facing groove/crack to a large ledge. Bolt belay 60' 5.7

P2. Enter the groove system via a short overhanging section with a very thin crack. Pass one bolt to more thin crack and follow this to a good ledge and a bolt belay. 85' C2

P3. On the right wall of the big corner follow the 1/2" to 1 1/2" crack with an occasional larger cam to the final 1 1/2" crack in the exposed headwall. 180' 5.9 C2


Three sets of Friends up to 3 1/2", two 4s, two 5s. One leeper camhook, 1 set of Stoppers.

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Paul Ross On Pitch 3 . F.A. 'Rigor Mortis'. Tombstone Formation. The large groove on the right of the formation is 'The Gift' (off photo).  photo. Ross collection.
Paul Ross On Pitch 3 . F.A. 'Rigor Mortis'. Tombst...
Paul half way on final pitch
Paul half way on final pitch
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By A. Roberts
From: Boulder, CO
Nov 21, 2011

Cool route, while looking up at that headwall pitch it begs to be climbed. The 3rd pitch is awesome. As far as gear. we placed 1 #5 but could have gotten through without it, we also didn't need the leeper cam hook. Many yellow metolious, .5, .75, and #1 camalots are helpful for the headwall pitch. The rock is a little scary even in the cracks, put the placements deep because if they are placed too close to the edge they will blow out. We had trouble pulling the ropes from the top, it would be helpful if someone were to extend the anchors over the edge. After a second jug to the top, we made it work by getting the ropes spread out in seperate grooves to lesson the friction. have fun.

By Benjamin F
From: Arcata, CA
Apr 20, 2012

I'll just leave this here...