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Chasing Shadows is a fun P3/4 variation to Dark Shadows that is worth doing if DS is crowded or after rapping down. Head up and right from the P2 anchors on DS into the right most of the two cracks. Follow a fun hand crack to a wide section with some poor/loose rock. Place your number 4 C4 and have a #3 ready. Face climb around the OW crack to a varnised wall above. A tiny cam protects the final runout moves to a two bolt rap anchor. The second pitch heads up for a few bolts and then traverse out right past 3 bolts. Easier runout climbing leads to the two anchor on Edge Dressing.
Shares the first two pitches of Dark Shadows, and heads right for pitches 3 and 4.
Single rack to C4 #4
At the top of the wide section.
BETA PHOTO: From the Dark Shadows belay ledge, Chasing Shadows...
The wide crux section on Chasing Shadows...
8 year old Todd Wolfe climbing Chasing shadows fin...
The top of the final section of chasing shadows
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|By Chris S|
Oct 11, 2009
rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a
Chasing Shadows is a variation that makes Dark Shadows even more fun! Compared to other two-move 5.10s in Red Rocks, like Black Orpheus, Chasing Shadows probably clocks in more like 5.10- instead of 5.8+ (as listed in Handren's guide).
Linking pitches 1 & 2 is easy and logical. Make sure to use shoulder slings on the bolts protecting pitch 4. If you're climbing to the top of Mescalito (worth it!), a great gear belay ledge exists down about 20' down and immediately right of the normal 2-bolt anchor.
Gear: 1 set of stoppers #11-4, Single set of cams up to #4, double set 0.5-1. 8 shoulder slings, 4 quickdraws.