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Climbing on the Tombstone Wall began back in the 1960's. All routes currently are either trad or aid on scary granite and metamorphic rock. The Tombstone Wall is the huge face with a southeastern aspect just downstream of the Royal Gorge Bridge. All lines top out at the concessionaires area, which is private property. The actual walls are a Canon City city park though, which was determined in court by some early ascensionists. Do not anchor off the bridge. The earliest two lines are the (Layton)Kor-LaGrange Route and Pat Ament's Original Route.
Approximately 8 miles west of Canon City. One approach is to park just outside of the concession area of the Royal Gorge and then to scramble down 3rd class gullies to the base. The other approach is to park at the BLM boundary at the end of Rd 61. Walk downstream along the tracks (Private Property) for about 2 miles, and watch out for trains.
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Original Route/Tombstone Wall 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b CO : The Wet Mountains : ... : Tombstone Wall
East of the bridge looking west, traverse a long cactus-filled ledge to the bottom of the middle wall.(Pitch 1) 90 feet up slightly less than vertical face, via an old piton crack, to a marginal stance below a rounded roof; (Pitches 2&3)180 feet up high angle wall to a slippery ramp leading 10 feet right into base of vertical groove; (Pitch 4) 80 feet up groove to wide ledge, traverse right to huge red dihedral; (Pitches 5&6)two more leads up giant flakes and blocks...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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