The Tombstone is a distinctive, prism shaped rock that has neon green lichen and an obvious offwidth on the west face. It can't be missed when you are about a half a mile from the end of the road on the west side of the stronghold. The routes face west and north and are all high-quality and worthwhile. There are about 4 established routes and one super-worthy project (hard crack to face) as of November 2009. All of the routes are one long single pitch. Descend via double rope rappel.
Park about .3 or .4 miles from the end of the road to the parking area on the west side of the stronghold. If you pass the pullout and end up at the trailhead, just set the odometer and head back. Hike for about 20 or 30 minutes to the southeast toward the obvious Tombstone formation with the massive offwidth/chimney that splits the west face. Approach is casual with a little bit of bushwacking if you are unlucky.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Tombstone:
Stiletto 5.10+ Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 115 feet
Tombstone Crack 5.10+ PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 140 feet
Dark Shadows 5.10+ Trad, 1 pitch, 160 feet
Old School Executioner 5.12+ Trad, 100 feet
Featured Route For The Tombstone
Old School Executioner 5.12+ AZ : Cochise Stronghold : ... : The Tombstone
Geir lead this climb over three days hanging a lot aiding a little and hooking to drill 3 bolts before joining Stiletto. After working on it a bit we decided to put anchors at 100 feet where the first bolt was placed as we felt it would make a fantastic 100% trad route at the grade. The last thirty feet between the anchors and Stiletto are a lot harder and will make a great extension when someone decides to put the effort into climbing it.This is a great crack climb to some fun hard face climb...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ