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This was the first route done on the Tombstone Butte. The first pitch is the crux, where some overhanging boulder moves lead to the start of a great hand crack. The 2nd pitch follows the crack as it gets wider to a stance where the angle kicks back. An easy scramble leads to the top...cool summit
Striking crack system up the North corner of the butte.
Standard desert rack with a few extra hand & fist sized cams
Near the end of the first pitch.
John on the 1st pitch.
Epitaph at sunset
|By Ben Folsom|
Jun 22, 2009
This route has a burly start!!
|By Bill Duncan|
From: Jamestown, CO
Apr 30, 2010
Beautiful jams on this route! We found that 4 each of hand and fist sized cams are very nice to have. We also used #4, 4.5, 5, and 6 camalots on the 3rd pitch. Very nice to have large gear. Felt 10ish in more than one spot on that pitch. The crux of the route is definitely the first few moves off the ground.
Apr 4, 2011
This place is rad.
Though after 20 years here I still am often left to wonder … what is the standard desert rack?!
|By Naomi Galinski|
Nov 1, 2011
rating: 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c
The start was definitely cruxy but the rest of the first pitch was stellar. The second pitch was very hard in the squeeze chimney into roof section. The rock had hardly any friction and lots of chunks broke off as I tried to climb the hand crack roof using some face holds for feet and hand. My first experience with bad sandstone climbing.