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YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 180'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: John Fischer and Jay Jensen, 1971
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Submitted By: Bruce Willey on May 26, 2007

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Getting a bit of a rest. Sort of. Well, not real...


A must-do classic right around the corner from Pratt's Crack. Follow a huge, clean-cut dihedral, jamming (hands) all the way up to a chimney move or two, then step right on a small ledge to the anchors.


Pratt's Crack Area, on the right side.


Up to 3". Need two ropes for rap.

Photos of Sheila Slideshow Add Photo
Cleaning a piece at the start of the layback.
Cleaning a piece at the start of the layback.
Getting ready for crux #1.
Getting ready for crux #1.
View from the start.
View from the start.
Climber: Jon Trask    Photo: Steve Cox
Climber: Jon Trask Photo: Steve Cox
Strenuous liebacking through crux #2.
Strenuous liebacking through crux #2.
Fishing for a piece!
Fishing for a piece!
Yes, this is a rest.  Desperate times call for des...
Yes, this is a rest. Desperate times call for des...
The awesomeness continues.
The awesomeness continues.
It's go time.  September 2010
It's go time. September 2010
Robb works through the first crux of Sheila.
Robb works through the first crux of Sheila.
Looking down from the chimney.
Looking down from the chimney.
post climb air-out / redpoint robe climb
post climb air-out / redpoint robe climb
start of the crux
BETA PHOTO: start of the crux
Scott Nomi in the long corner.
Scott Nomi in the long corner.
Alan Cleary on top of the route
Alan Cleary on top of the route
The crack awaits me.
The crack awaits me.

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By outdooreric
From: Lyons, CO
Jul 12, 2007

The Bishop guide book calls for a 6" piece, but I couldn't find anywhere to place it. Extra 2-3" cams are useful.
By Chris Owen
From: La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake
Aug 25, 2007

Beautiful climb. Small stuff towards the end of the long corner.
By Jonathan Howland
Jul 3, 2009

Re: the 6 inch piece the first commentator didn't place -- it very nicely protects the crux lieback move. Alternatively, or in addition, once you start the lieback (and well above your last gear) you can get 2" piece (gold C4) high and deep in a recessed crack behind the block your hands are on.
By Denis O'Connor
Oct 16, 2009
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

FA: John Fischer, Jay Jensen, 1971
By PumpkinEater
From: Sacramento
Aug 17, 2010

I would suggest carrying the 6" piece to protect the crux layback if, like me, you're trad lead limit is at around 5.10. I thought the layback was pretty committing and a fall would, it seemed to me, smash you back into the dihedral below. Pneumothorax anybody? On the bright side, at the top of the layback there's a jug and spot where you can literally straddle a pillar and have a seat!
By ACassebeer
From: Mojave, CA
Aug 31, 2010

There are three fixed cams as of 8-28-10.
1. One below the start of the crux lieback. (got stuck when my partner whipped off the crux, she didn't have a #6)
2. One up and to the left of the lieback. (It is possible to actually climb around the crux and do a variation up and left of the flake. I think this piece is from someone else also climbing this variation, 5.9???)
3. There's a fixed forged friend in the chimney if you look for it. You could actually avoid bringing the #4 at all if you trust this piece. (It was also there in 2008 when I led it.)

Also, the crux is not that difficult, but I recommend moving quickly through it. It is not a place you want to be looking to place gear.
By Aerili
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 8, 2010
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

I don't understand why everyone thinks the offwidth layback is "the" crux. It is strenuous, true, but the moves are straightforward and are over relatively quickly. A #6 is easy to place at the very top of the wide part if you stem high, thus making any falls you might take surely clean (non-pneumothorax-inducing).

The crux for me was clearly at the bottom of the route during the ridiculously thin traverse: much harder technically than the layback, not to mention the gear is much harder to fiddle in!

Bring a selection of super small wires and micro-cams. No extra 2s and 3s required (1-2 each are sufficient). I personally did use a #4 above the chimney at the top as my last piece before making the long traverse to the anchors.
By Tavis Ricksecker
From: Bishop, ca
Sep 30, 2010

Agree with Aerili, technical crux down low, mental crux at the spooky layback.
By slim
Jul 12, 2011
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

probably as good as any 10a pitch i have ever climbed. long, great rock, cool crux down low, cool crux up high, good gear, nice belay ledge, great crack climbing.... pretty sweet.
By Christina Freschl
From: Berkeley, California
Sep 25, 2011

A #6 is nice for the layback at the top, but I am a little bit scared by layback.
By lou
May 16, 2013

Hey Gang..... re gear...i have a #5 B.D. ..which is fine for a 6 inch crack.... will this work for the wide lieback?? .. not sure from the comments if you need a piece for a 6 inch crack or a #6 B.D.?
Hate to go buy a huge cam... but dont want to run it out... thanks for any beta..
By Todd Townsend
From: Bishop, CA
May 16, 2013
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

You'll want a #6 c4 camalot to protect the layback flake, a #5 is too small. Even with the #6, you still need to run it out a little.

I took the ride up there once, when my foot slipped at the very top of the layback. Even though I wasn't really that far above the #6, I still went quite the distance with all of the slack and rope stretch at that point.

Don't worry, it's exciting, but it's a clean fall!
By lou
May 16, 2013

coolio thxs Todd
By J. Hickok
Aug 15, 2013
rating: 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b

To Lou and Todd from the May postings: To expand on the topic, I think the OLD BD #5 would likely work as it was larger, but the new BD #5 C4 would not work as it is smaller. A #5 friend does not fit, but #6 friend would.
By Peter Valchev
From: Truckee, CA
Sep 4, 2013
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

+1 on bringing the #6... the lieback would be pretty scary without it!
Awesome pitch!
By erik rieger
From: Nederland, CO
Dec 9, 2013

A classic one-pitcher most anywhere. Leave the #6 at the ground.
By GhaMby
From: Heaven
Jan 16, 2014
rating: 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

I have a strong friend that has done this route many times take a fall at the crux lieback, which I certainly think is the crux, he hit his ass pretty hard into the corner despite lots of rope stretch. I definately use and suggest the #6 C4.

The feet at the lieback suck in my not so humble opinion, but I also suck at liebacking. I find that going out left when halfway up the lieback is easiest, but I also have a 6'7" wingspan. . .
By Phil Esra
May 27, 2014

The thin crack at the bottom is pretty hard for the grade. Takes nuts well. The main crack is easy and fun. I brought (and used) a #6. The lieback is strenuous and plenty hard enough, but you can get a good cam immediately before it, and the fall would be clean for a long, long way. Next time I wouldn't bring it.

The easy chimney moves above the lieback are really fun! Followed by a fun, exposed traverse to the chains.
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