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The Shaft 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

Type:  Trad, Alpine, Grade II
Consensus:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
FA: Charlie Ehlert, Philip Ritterbush, Charles and Prentiss Sawyer, 1957
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Submitted By: paco on Aug 1, 2002

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The only reason I'm giving The Shaft a star and the only reason for climbing it is because of the access it provides to McHenry's NE Ridge. Although, despite a few large loose blocks, The Shaft does have some nice rock and better views on the way up.

The Shaft is the furthest left (SW) route on Arrowhead. Approach the same way you would for other Arrowhead routes, but continue past all the routes until youre underneath the lowest point of the ridge connecting Arrowhead and Mchenry's.

Traverse up right on grassy ledges, and make a nice traverse on good rock to a right-leaning ramp. From there, follow the crack system to the top taking a left at the final short headwall.

The view from here is super cool so soak it up before continuing up McHenry's NE Ridge.


A standard rack to #3 Camalot.

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By Legs Magillicutty
From: Littleton
Aug 31, 2007

I ended up in a chully (bigger than a chimney. . .smaller than a gully) on the last pitch. I may have missed the route entirely and climbed something else. Is the last pitch supposed to be a chimney? Maybe I should have traversed right?

Just a note, we found 1 rap station from the ridge. To locate it, travel towards Arrowhead summit for approximately 50 yards. You will see a bunch of slings wedged in between a big boulder and the peak. The rap to the next station was approximately 60m.

The next rap station consisted of a slung boulder with a biner and a quick link. It is over 70m to get down to the ground but the downclimb is easy, maybe 4th class.

You can descend via the South Ramp but then you'd have to hike back to your pack. Not really a big deal but if you want to avoid carrying stuff, you can rap down just right of where you begin the route.
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