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The Epitaph 

YDS: 5.10+ French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 20 British: E3 5b

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 280', Grade II
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10+ French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 20 British: E3 5b [details]
FA: Jonathan & Brian Smoot, 1981
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Submitted By: bsmoot on Jun 21, 2009

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John on the 1st pitch.


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

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Jonathan just past the crux, on the first pitch.
Jonathan just past the crux, on the first pitch.
Near the end of the first pitch.
Near the end of the first pitch.
Epitaph at sunset
Epitaph at sunset

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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.
By ljh
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+ 22 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.
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