Elevation: 1,540 ft
GPS: 30.508, -98.819 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Steve Marr on Sep 16, 2006
Admins: Hank Caylor, Matt Richardson, LeeAB Brinckerhoff
Access Issue: Rule changes for pets and trail closures 30 minutes after sunset Details

Description

The Shield is the largest and steepest area along the Backside of the Main Dome. It is home to most of the difficult, run out slab routes in the park. The wall is basically divided into two sections. The right side (from Nobody Like Bryant Gumbel to the obvious Runamuck arch) consists of shorter routes in the 5.7 and 5.8 realm. This somewhat confusing area has also been called the Prok Wall in honor of all of the routes with "Prok" somewhere in their name. Almost all of these routes require gear with the occasional bolt here and there. Protection ranges from nonexistent to good. The left side of the wall (from Fly on a Windshield to Carpet Crawl) boasts steep, bolted slab routes in the 5.10 to 5.12 range.

Getting There

As for the other areas along the Backside, follow the Echo Canyon trail through the Main Dome - Little Dome saddle, down the draw, and through the boulders at the bottom. There is a well used hiking trail that leads out from the boulders, loops to the right (northeast), and continues around the entire dome. Follow the trail to the marker for the blue climbers' trail and turn right. Once you reach the base of the dome, the majority of the Shield will be to your left. The Runamuck arch on the right side of the wall makes a good landmark. You can reach any climb along the Shield (as well as the areas immediately adjacent to it) by following the trail along the base of the wall.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Shield

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b X
 4
Prok
Trad
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
 9
Runamuck
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 17
Deep Prok
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 8
Fly on a Windshield
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
 22
Stranger Than Friction
Trad 2 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R
 7
Bold Talk for a One-Eyed Fat Man
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R
 8
French Route
Trad, Sport 2 pitches
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 3
Real Gravy
Trad
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a R
 3
Texas Radio
Trad, TR 2 pitches
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a X
 4
Gravitron
Trad, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Prok
 4
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b X Trad
Runamuck
 9
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R Trad
Deep Prok
 17
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Fly on a Windshield
 8
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Stranger Than Friction
 22
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Bold Talk for a One-Eyed Fa…
 7
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R Sport
French Route
 8
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R Trad, Sport 2 pitches
Real Gravy
 3
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Texas Radio
 3
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a R Trad, TR 2 pitches
Gravitron
 4
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a X Trad, TR
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