Theater of Shadows
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what a blast, this is from the top looking across...
This route is on the formation just left of Steinfell's Dome when viewed from the parking area. It climbs the spine facing the road in 4 pitches. Find the trail that leads towards Steinfell's, and traverse leftwards on trail to reach this subsidiary formation (called Jackson's Thumb).
The climbing is fun, low angled, and very well protected. If you are a little low on quickdraws, there are some spots where you can unclip a bolt at your knees after reaching for the next clip. The view of the City from the top is great.
One rope is all that is necessary, and the descent is very easy. Two one-rope raps (we had a 60m, not sure if a shorter rope would work?) from fixed stations get you to a major gully. From here, an easy trail returns you to the base.
Lots and lots of bolts. I think there may be up to 18 bolts per pitch.
Early morning shot looking up at Steinfells Dome a...
Sheri starting up pitch one on Theatre of Shadows!
Pitch 1; pretty low angle mellow cruisin...
First pitch belay is spacious and comfortable and ...
Sheri following the final pitch 4 to the top!!
Brian and Dalon; Great views from the to...
Eric Henyon Top of Theater of Shadows
What a view
Adam Symonds on the free rappel on Theater of Shad...
Easy climb, nice rappel.
Theater of shadows, Jackson's Thumb
The "free" portion of the rappel.
Belaying from the first belay station.
Paige leading first pitch.
starting up the slab
BETA PHOTO: Looking up P1 of Theater of Shadows
BETA PHOTO: Looking up the start of P3 of Theatre of Shadows
Atop Theater of Shadows
On the summit casting shadows.
|Comments on Theater of Shadows
|By Jake Richens|
From: Sl, ut
Aug 2, 2005
What a climb!! 4 pitches of easy slab climbing that you could pull your grandma up, actually she'd probably have a harder time with the approach than with the climb itself. Blaze up past many bolts (16 on one pitch), around the monster roof and rap into the canyon to the south, from there walk down to the beginning. great views of the whole city.
|By Jason Billings|
From: Draper, UT
Sep 27, 2005
A single 60M rap puts you in the gully between the thumb and the dome. I 50M rope and your're coming up short. I didn't see any additonal achors on the rap to do the second rap talked abou t in the description.
May 27, 2006
The description for this route reads like it was written by some elitist #$%@&. Only the first two bolts are visible from the ground so you can't find it by looking for a "sea of bolts". I bolted the route for climbers who climb at that level. Why is it OK that a 5.12 can have bolts 5 feet apart and a 5.4 slab, where you're more likely to get banged up if you fall, usually has 50 foot spacings? Lots of beginning climbers have enjoyed their first lead or their first multi-pitch lead on this route. I suggest that rather being negative and elitist about a really fun route, that you recommend it to folks that will enjoy it. The fact that it has 17 bolts on one pitch IS useful information, (by the way that's about one bolt every 10 feet) but it doesn't have to be communicated in such a negative way. Describe the route for what it is without being negative - like this: "a long, low-angled, well-protected romp up a large pinnacle with a spectacular summit and great views - suitable for climbers off all abilities. - Now.... wasn't that easy?
|By Larry Earley|
From: Los Alamos, NM
Jun 8, 2006
Very nice climb and views at top are best in the city. The rap is way cool too. My partner and I have combined 50 years climbing experience. We both enjoyed it a lot. We were first on rock that day and when we got back to start there were two parties on and one more ready to start. It should be popular. Thanks for the bolts.
|By Larry Earley|
From: Los Alamos, NM
Jun 8, 2006
Just wanted to add that we climbed Honeymoon in Almo (11a) the day before at Castle Rocks. My partner and I actually liked both the desperately thin 11a and the fun 7. Try to enjoy the climbing and put that ego away. Theatre of Shadows is just like Snake Dike with bolts.
|By Matt Richardson|
From: Fort Collins, CO
Jun 19, 2006
Sure there are a lot of bolts, but like kipinwalla2 indicated, the pitches are long also. For one pitch, my wife had to untie the rope from her belay so that I could reach the next set of anchors (and that was with a 60m rope). Personally, no matter how secure the climbing is, when I am just out to have fun I don't want to slide 30' down a slab. Great climb to blaze up (I can't remember how fast we got up it, but I felt like we were on a relay as we handed off the belay from one pitch to the next). Excellent job putting up this route!
From: Las Vegas, NV
Jul 17, 2006
Great route out for a mellow long cruiser. Our 60m rope made it to each anchor but it was close on the first two pitches. Lots of bolts but who cares, great route nonetheless! Approach is the crux and pitch 3 is where the love is at!! :)
Jul 25, 2006
This route is awesome, the length and exposure is perfect for those not used to multi pitch routes, the route is easy but is nothing to be sneezed at, a lot of the route involves friction foot holds and crimpy hand holds. I loved the second pitch, and the third has a cool overlapping part that you can undercling(and if you tap the rock it sounds hollow!) I feel that rappelling descriptions are confusing on this page. We took 2 sixty meter ropes and made 1 rap from the top all the way to the bottom of the gully with both ropes tied together, when in doubt take the second rope! Even though it isn't hard and the angle is slightly off vertically this route is a great accomplishment for those who climb at 5.7 levels
From: Twin Falls Id
Aug 5, 2006
For this being my third climb at the city of rock it was a great experience for learning the little thing that matter. My partner and I had a new CO-pilot to the group and it work at well, but the anchors are a two man spot. The exposure was good for one man in the group. I recommend this climb for anyone who want to get a feel for working with your equipment under no stress and strain.
|By Jake Cowden|
From: Hagerman, Id
Aug 7, 2006
Climbed this route mid week, our group a three man rope team was the third group to climb this beautiful route that day as a prep route for Exum Ridge, Grand Teton. Found the Route to very pleasing with great protection (this is a beginner multi route) 60m rope will get it done. Third pitch is the fun one. This is a great confidence building route for beginners and what a view.
|By Jared Hargrave|
From: Salt Lake City, UT.
Aug 16, 2006
I'd say only the first pitch is a 5.7. The rest of the route felt like a 5.4-5.6. My partner did his first lead climb ever on the first pitch, so it's a great place to take beginners. Fun rappel down!
|By James M Schroeder|
From: Sauk County, WI
Oct 1, 2006
This route is just a joy to climb. If you're unhappy with the frequency of the bolts; skip some. I personally found this a beautiful, stress-free route, in an absolutely perfect location. The fact that it is 5.7 and well bolted makes it all the better, because it is accessible to just about everyone, and everyone should experience a route like this. In other words I don't care who you are, you'll enjoy this one.
|By Greg Barnes|
Dec 21, 2006
Super fun and mellow, I didn't bother clipping most bolts, but to each his own. This route is a great one to bring a new climber up.
The one thing I wanted to comment on is that, compared to similar routes in California, this route felt around 5.4 or 5.5 first pitch, 4th class second pitch, 5.0 to 5.2 third pitch. I don't care much about the rating, just wanted to warn people to watch out when climbing similar climbs elsewhere - since they won't have anywhere near as many bolts.
From: Las Vegas
May 29, 2007
A 70M rope will get you off in one rappel. Otherwise, there is a second set of chains to do two single rope rappels.
|By John Bradford|
From: Lilongwe, Malawi
May 13, 2008
The 3rd pitch is a full 60 meters to the large ledge just below the summit pitch. This may be a better belay that the lower one, if you want to take a bit of gear. The rap anchors are ten feet to the right of the top belay.
Jun 14, 2008
a fine, fine route, with the best views in the City. I would recommend hitting this gem up in the late afternoon, such that you will be able to appreciate the route's namesake. Sitting on the summit, my partner and I became the ears of a bear! :)
Be sure to bring a beer or two for the summit, hang out and enjoy the view. We solo'd past a party who was kind enough to let us by, when they arrived we joined ropes and did a single rap to the gully.
The bolts, though plentiful, are well camo'd, so not such an eyesore as new shiny hangers might have been. This would be a great route for someone's first multi-pitch lead, or something to take a confident beginner up. The anchors are at good comfortable locations, never so far from one another that you can't be in voice contact with your second.
I gave it 4*'s, I'll climb it again sometime for certain!
May 31, 2009
Did this two days ago. With a 70m, you can do this thing in two pitches and one rap. Combine P1&2 (about 270') with about 40-50' of simul-climbing and then combine P3&4 (about 220') with no simul-climbing required. The exposure after the opening traverse of P3 is rad!!! Then look for chains toward the gulley and down about 10' and do a one rope airy, rad rap back to the ground and walk back to your packs in about 10 minutes. Doing this and not even trying to climb super fast we were able to go pack to pack in about an hour and 45 minutes.
Honestly, I enjoyed this more than Steinfells. Just my $0.02.
|By The Manly Nurse|
Sep 14, 2009
Four stars because this is fun climb and perfect for first leaders on a multipitch and for first timers following on a multipitch (plus a free hanging rappel)! The "free" portion of the rap is about 30-40 ft. I've done this a couple times and I like to take two 60 mm ropes for the rappel. The third pitch is great fun with a little more exposure! Use all the bolts or just a few...either way the rock is fun. Life is good!
From: huntsville, utah
Oct 16, 2009
From the parking spot to the top of the climb, and back to the parking spot it took us about 4 hours--we took it pretty easy though. There is a strenuous hike to the bottom of this climb.
I wish I would have brought my approach shoes to the top, because when we rappelled down, there is a bit of a hike back around the corner to the start where our other gear was.
The route is not hard, but if you've never done a multi-pitch route, this is a great place to do it. It is really quite satisfying to get to the top. The rappel is quite invigorating too, as there is a long section of 'free' rappelling away from the face.
|By blue ribbon|
May 17, 2011
more intresting when done on gear
From: Alpine, Utah
Jun 4, 2011
Just a tip on the rappel for Theater of Shadows. You can get away with using a 150 rope or shorter (less than a 75' rap) and then just walk straight off into the gully (north). This makes the climb possible for a light solo with a thin short cord.
|By Matt Schroer|
From: Logan, Utah
Aug 25, 2011
Great climb for any climber of any ability. The views of the city are stupidly awesome from the start of the route to finish (so satisfying on the top, though). Pitch 2 is by far the best and it was my climbing partner's first ever lead. Lucky bastard. Pitch 3 is airy right out of the traverse! Great route, looking forward to doing Sinocranium in 2 or 3 weeks. PS, we brought 20 draws between the two of us, and I think the most we used per pitch was 16.
Sep 21, 2011
Fun climb. Best appreciated in late afternoon. One 70m rappel will land you in the gully.
May 28, 2012
Just did this on 5/22/12 and 1 60m rope is more than adequate to get you to the top and down.
From: Salt Lake City, Ut
Jun 18, 2012
There is no way you can give this climb 3 stars at a 5.7 rating. At 5.5 maybe. Other than the first 20 feet this climb barely goes 5.5. Great views and fun rap but that's about it. This rating is the furthest off of any mountain project listed climb I have ever done.
From: Lakewood, CO
Jul 2, 2012
Pitch 1 - 5.4 or 5.5, 150 feet and 15 bolts
Pitch 2 - 5.2 or 5.3, 175 feet and 15 bolts
Pitch 3 - 5.3 or 5.4, 75 feet and 11 bolts
Pitch 4 - 5.2 or 5.3, 150 feet and 9 bolts
These are estimates for the climb from our group. Fun climb, many many bolts have spinning hangers.
If you do not like friction, do not despair foot holds and hand holds the entire route. A great first multi-pitch lead.
Jul 2, 2012
I dunno how you can tell the difference between 5.0 and 5.4, but maybe that's just me.
From: Westminster, CO
Jul 5, 2012
Lead the entire route last week and felt it to be in the 5.3/5.4? range...
Regardless of how easy it was, still one hell of a fun climb and worth the hike out...
Greg calls the second(?) pitch 4th class...
I disagree with that! It's at least 5.0-
From: Menifee, CA
Aug 2, 2012
Really fun route. About midway into the first pitch, if you follow the bolt line, you will run into a section with 2-3 (depending on your height) 5.6 moves, the rest is just incredibly fun climbing in the easy range. I can never tell the difference between 5.0 - 5.4 The moves up and around the roof are really fun, great exposure but solid holds hands and feet. Did I mention really fun?
On the hike down the gully, toward the end, tend to your right around a tree and down some slab and it will drop you right back where you started. If you follow the main trail to the left, you'll have to do some hiking back up the hill.
The approach hike was longer and steeper than I was expecting, not horrible, just more than I was expecting. Had me breathing hard, and required a few rest breaks.
I'll say it again, really fun climb. All you 5.12 climbers will probably be a little bored, but for us mortals, it doesn't get much more enjoyable than this climb.
|By Jim D|
Sep 24, 2012
A 5.2 route for the 4th class leader. You cannot get lost as the bolts are at times 3 feet apart. I think we were about 2 1/2-3 hours car to car, and most of that was approach and descent.
I'm not sure what people are talking about with a free-hanging rappel. I rappeled from chains 10 feet right of the final belay and I recall two very straight forward single rope rappels. Don't rap from the final belay chains, at least off to the right, as the rope won't pull.