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Chasing Shadows 

YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 4 pitches, 320'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Marsh, Locatelli, 1990
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Submitted By: Guy H. on Oct 31, 2007

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RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. MORE INFO >>>


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

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Rock Climbing Photo: In the lower, hand-crack section, of Chasing Shado...
In the lower, hand-crack section, of Chasing Shado...
Rock Climbing Photo: At the top of the wide section.
At the top of the wide section.
Rock Climbing Photo: p3 chasing shadows
p3 chasing shadows
Rock Climbing Photo: 8 year old Todd Wolfe climbing Chasing shadows fin...
8 year old Todd Wolfe climbing Chasing shadows fin...
Rock Climbing Photo: From the Dark Shadows belay ledge, Chasing Shadows...
BETA PHOTO: From the Dark Shadows belay ledge, Chasing Shadows...
Rock Climbing Photo: The wide crux section on Chasing Shadows...
The wide crux section on Chasing Shadows...
Rock Climbing Photo: Fantastic technical climbing.
Fantastic technical climbing.

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By Chris S
Oct 11, 2009
rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 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.
By BJ Sbarra
From: Carbondale, CO
Mar 30, 2014
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Very fun. P2 had a good bit of hollow rock through the mid-section, solid pro wasn't super obvious at first. P3 is fantastic.
By sqwirll
From: Las Vegas
Jul 27, 2014
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

This route goes into the shade around noon this time of year. 5.8+ seems fair to me, no where near 5.10.
By anthony509
From: grass valley, ca
Mar 24, 2015
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

With 60m rope must rap from Edge Dressing anchor which is lower and left of the anchor directly above the finish of p4 (if not topping out and not linking p1&2). Perhaps I finished too far right, but know that our 60m did not reach the rap station below from the higher anchor.

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