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The Shield Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,000'
Location: 48.81244, -118.75445 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: applewood on Jun 24, 2013
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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.

Getting There 

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

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

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Rock Climbing Photo: Smear Tactics topo

Smear Tactics 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  WA : Okanogan : ... : The Shield
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Rock Climbing Photo: The Shield from the Forest Service road
The Shield from the Forest Service road
Rock Climbing Photo: View down The Shield with Goodrich "lake"...
View down The Shield with Goodrich "lake"...
Rock Climbing Photo: View to the SE and the Kettle Crest Range from the...
View to the SE and the Kettle Crest Range from the...

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