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!
Climbing Season For the Sandia Mountains area.
Weather station 0.5 miles from here
4 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Tombstone
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Tombstone:
Featured Route For Tombstone
West Face Traverse 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a NM
: Sandia Mountains
: ... : Tombstone
Route finding will probably not be much of an issue on this route. The first pitch is likely the crux.Pitch 1: Climb the obvious weakness in the corner to a ledge. Traverse north on the ledge to the far side of the west face.Pitch 2: Take the easiest line up and trending right....[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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BETA PHOTO: Tombstone from the SW Ridge of Needle.