BETA PHOTO: The Shield topo
This is a fine (if small) backcountry crag (not actually in the Kettle Valley), located on Forest Service land on Kelly Mountain south of the Kettle Valley. At 4000' elevation it has a slightly alpine feel, remote yet just a 15 minute approach. The rock is excellent slabby granite (the best quality in the whole Okanogan Region), giving a small taste of Yosemite... The grading is all probably a bit hard seeming if you're not comfortable on slabs.
From the Kettle Valley turn up Tonata Creek Rd (FS Rd # 2148). Go 3.7 miles and turn left onto Goodrich Rd (#2149). Continue 4.4 miles and park at the first switch-back. The east facing cliff is visible south along the valley. Head west 100 yards along the north end of the pond ("Goodrich Lake") to reach a dirt road, cross the fence/gate and travel south along a cow trail to the first outcroppings of bedrock. Bushwhack up the slope on the right to reach the base of the crag. The total hike in is a pleasant 10-15 minutes.
Climbing Season For the Okanogan area.
Weather station 7.7 miles from here
6 Total Climbing Routes
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The Shield Direct 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
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THE SHIELD DIRECT 5.10a ** (160') F (8b)A great long slab climb. Begin at the left end of the lower face (by the aspen tree), climbing friction and small nubbin moves to the big ledge (5.11a if the crack is seeping). Continue up the easier upper face on excellent rock to the 2 bolt anchor. 30' of 4th class leads to the top which is easy to walk off of to the south.Upper slab can be climbed alone (possible then to lower from top anchors with a 60m rope) - 5.9 PG ** 100' F(5b)....[more] Browse More Classics in WA
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