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YDS: 5.10+ French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ British: E3 5b

Type: Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10+ French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ British: E3 5b [details]
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Submitted By: Tom T on Oct 24, 2007
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this is the route plaqe on top of lil tower.. verv...

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polaris is a long right facing corner system approximately 100 feet right of desert shield. using the beta photo below, it is behind the 'Sh' in Shield.

per Devin Fin - it's a long route 2 ropes #3's #4,s 1#6 an Big Bro's . save some hand pieces for the top.. hope we can shift some picks an post the proper info for Polaris .... cheers DF


From the approach trail, branch left towards scarface. Polaris is the prominent offwidth just right of Desert Shield.


per devin fin - it's a long route 2 ropes #3's #4,s 1#6 an Big Bro's . save some hand pieces for the top..

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Route #20, Desert Shield, and Polaris
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By claramie
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 31, 2011

I think Tom's picture might be wrong and that Polaris might be correctly described as right of Desert Shield in the book (see Devin's picture). Slim's beta below and reference to my comment are in regards to the unknown just left of desert shield

By slim
Oct 31, 2011

i had always thought this was the unnamed 10, and had thought that polaris is a different route to the R of desert shield(?). in any case, this is a fun route that should get done more often.

as clayton mentions, a 70m is the way to go for this route. not sure a 60 would make it all the way to the ground. the downclimb from the ledge wouldn't be impossible, but wouldn't be fun either.

By slim
Nov 23, 2013

i will try to merge this description in the unnamed route left of desert shield, probably after thanksgiving.

By Devin Fin
Nov 23, 2013

thank you Slim ...

By slim
Jan 2, 2014

ok, i think i finally have polaris squared away.