Shadow and Flame
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Perin Blanchard breathing easier after surmounting...
An exciting route with stimulating exposure throughout, a roof thatíll get your heart pumping, and a rousing, slightly runout finish over a roof with broken, thought-provoking rock. The protection is good, but with the exposure and all the slack in the rope from the beginning traverse the urge to not fall is strong.
Start from one of two belay locations: a single bolt if you climbed the 5.7 2nd pitch route, or a double-bolt belay if you climbed the 5.8 2nd pitch route. While on belay, walk across to the base of the upper wall, praying that you donít do something stupid like trip over your shoelaces and pitch down the gully to your right.
Climb over to, or up to, the first bolt (depending on your start). Clip it and traverse right and slightly up to the second bolt. At this point climbing up from the second bolt would put you on Lord of the Slings, 5.9. Continue traversing right and slightly up to the third bolt. From this point head up to the fourth bolt, then bear right and up for a weakness in the roof above you (following the left bolt line that goes to the left side of the roof puts you on Frodo Lives, 5.9).
Climbing through the roof is well protected, yet plenty stimulating. There is a bolt directly below the roof, and another above, but the bolt above the roof is out-of-reach from below. Youíve got to commit to getting over the roof before clipping it.
After the main roof there is another bulgy section, and finally, above the last bolt is another small roof that gets your attention. After topping out there are two bolts on top of a flat-ish rock, and to the east and down there is a spot that will take a medium size cam for backup.
On the upper wall of Trilogy Buttress the lowest bolt protects the start of all of the routes. For Shadow and Flame traverse right after the first bolt for two bolts, then up one more bolt, then bear right a bit and up. The sixth bolt hanger is brown (the bolt prior to the bolt directly under the roof).
15 bolts, 2-bolt anchor with supplemental gear. Sling the first few bolts with double runners, the next few with single runners, and the bolt directly under the roof with a double runner.
If you chose to, you could reach the midpoint belay anchor on Frodo Lives by traversing left at the ledge and then break the route into two pitches.
John Ross under the crux.
Walt at the fourth bolt of Shadow and Flame
Walt starting the roof on Shadow and Flame
Walt belaying as Tom tops out on Shadow and Fl...
BETA PHOTO: Trilogy Buttress
1 Lord of the Slings P3 5.9...
|Comments on Shadow and Flame
From: Orem, UT
Nov 26, 2007
I don't know if it was because I was so gripped or because I was climbing with a pack on, but pulling over the first roof felt pretty stout to me. The holds right over the roof are pretty big, but the exposure increases the pucker factor. There is pretty loose rock on this route still. I pulled off some fairly large rocks pulling over the last roof. Fun climbing and great exposure.
|By Jim Knight|
Dec 24, 2007
Hi Perrin & John,
Thanks for the compliments on the route. And thanks for the additional cleaning. I tried to get as much big loose stuff removed as possible while building the route but it really cleans up with traffic. Yes, there's some exposure up there! I spent a lot of time hanging from 7mm ropes making sure bolts were relevant and sound and the route a safe but committing line. That was as thrilling as climbing but way more work.
As with the rest of the Trilogy wall, you can supplement your courage for the roof of S&F with a cam. It's easy to get distracted by the exposure or your next available bolt hanger and miss the occasional gear placements the wall provides. I placed the bare minimum of bolts so as to take advantage of the places for pro.
|By John Ross|
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 19, 2009
Still a little gravel on the route, and the bolts are a little spaced, so a cam under the first roof did add some confidence.
With amazing exposure and two roofs to pull, I give this route four stars!!!
|By Brandon Bishoff|
From: Austin, TX
Jun 2, 2011
This was an awesome route. The exposure is tremendous and the holds are perfect. The rock quality is some of the best I have seen on this side of the canyon.
I also thought the first roof was a little tough, but it was really just a matter of committing to it and finding stuff for my feet, which wasn't that bad once I got to the next hold.
I didn't think there was really any shortage of bolts on the route until the last bolt where there was a pretty significant run out to the anchors.
Also, use some slings or be prepare for some of the most heavy rope drag of your life.
Really great route.
|By Tyson Taylor|
Jun 15, 2011
My favorite climb in the canyon. I usually split it into two pitches using Frodo Lives anchors. You really feel the weight of the rope pulling the first roof. The exposure is amazing. Charge over the roof confidently and quickly, the more time you spend at the crux, the harder it'll be. The holds are there, just go for it. Love it.