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Routes in (k) The Shield

Control Freak S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Enigma S 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
Gypsy S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Megalomania S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Tattoo S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c

Description

The Shield is located right of center on the west face between the (h) Rubble Row on the left and the (m) Taboo Area on the right, and seen from afar as the smoothest portion of face at the Quarry.

Routes here range from 5.11c to 5.13c with the majority of climbs in the 5.12 and harder range. Some of the better routes in this area include Megalomania (5.12a), Redneck Reality (5.12b), Tattoo (5.13b), Enigma (5.13b) and Gypsy (5.13c).
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Getting There

Easily reached by heading for the right side of the Quarry's west face. Aim for the smooth portion of face just down and right from the (h) Rubble Row.

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Classic Climbing Routes at (k) The Shield

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5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Megalomania
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Megalomania 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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tom donnelly
san diego
tom donnelly   san diego
Link to another use for big blocks that fall off, this one from the active Stone Valley quarry (just west of the climbing quarry). You can see what the climbing might have looked like back in its own mining days.

kcet.org/arts/artbound/coun…

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levit…
lacma.org/video/levitated-m… Feb 13, 2014
C Miller   CA  
Tatoo is still climbable AFAIK and yes you can TR Agony Arch, but a few directional pieces will be helpful. May 2, 2009
Eli Stein
Soulthern Caliswag
Eli Stein   Soulthern Caliswag
Is Tattoo still climbable after the Feeding Frenzy block fell off? Is it possible to toprope Agony Arch?

Eli Stein May 2, 2009

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