The proud west facing Tombstone.
The Tombstone, true to its name, stands isolated. Most routes are on the face which looks west and so summer climbs in the morning can be cool if the wind picks up.
On the west face of Tombstone, the established routes are two pitches; of these, the upper pitches tend to use around 40 meters of rope.
Approach as described for Pinnacle Valley
. Stop at the first significant view down the valley. The back side of Tombstone
should be visible almost directly below and appears as a vegetated ramp. Find a way down through the limestone band to a steep trail. Gravel covers many parts of this trail - for slipping on and/or setting loose on your partner(s) below. The gravel lets up as one approaches the top of Tombstone
. Continue descending just to the skier's left (south) of Tombstone
to access most routes.
Of the three or four times I have returned from Tombstone
, in all cases I have returned up a different way than I came down. Props to you if you manage to make the round trip on the same path!
Weather station 0.5 miles from here
4 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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West Face Left 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c NM
: Sandia Mountains
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This line is described in Hill's (1983:109,111) "Hikers and Climbers Guide to the Sandias" (I'm working with the 2nd edition; I haven't seen if this description has changed in the 3rd edition). Schein's (2003:75) "Sandia Rock" describes a line that may have a slightly different first pitch. I followed Schein's line, so I can't comment on Hill's full route.Pitch 1: From the top of the pillar at the far left side, face climb through discontinuous cracks and seams, finding pro where you ...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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BETA PHOTO: Tombstone from the SW Ridge of Needle.