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Shield of the Titans

Colorado > Steamboat Springs > N of Town > Hole in the Wall Canyon


There are a handful of bolted routes (5.9 - 5.10a) that lead to the very top of the rock (about 150'). Midway anchors provide a rap station so you only need one rope. There's a mixed climb on the left (5.9+), along with another climb to the very right (5.8). There's also a 5.11 just to the left of the 5.8, but I can't recall if this is bolted or not. If not, you can climb one of the easier bolted routes and set up a TR from the midway anchors.

Getting There

The Shield of the Titans is the most apparent rock formation in this area. Its also marked by a large black streak running up the middle. There are cairns that mark a well placed trail. Please try to stay on the trail as much as possible as this area recently burned and the vegetation is still recovering.

Routes from Left to Right

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1-Bats in the Belfrey, 2-Baby Coffin, 3-Greyface, 4-Blood of a Dead Hero, 5-Name Unknown, 6-Stemming the Sheathe.
[Hide Photo] 1-Bats in the Belfrey, 2-Baby Coffin, 3-Greyface, 4-Blood of a Dead Hero, 5-Name Unknown, 6-Stemming the Sheathe.
Shield of the Titans from the valley floor.
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Shield of the Titans.
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Dustin B
[Hide Comment] This crag, while sporting a handfull of bolted routes with convienence midway anchors, can still be a bit spooky. The metamorphic rock creates platelike formations layered on the wall. It is beginning to clean up but every spring freeze/thaw creates a new crop of flakes to exfoliate. The Upper half of the climbs see signifigantly less traffic and have a little bit more junk. Wear a lid.

-ed. It should be noted that most of these routes were probably climbed on gear before the bolts were added. May 8, 2009
[Hide Comment] Climbed there this weekend and got on a route on the very right or east end. Had to climb up a very chossy 15 ft face with one pin to a ledge after the ledge there was a bolt a pin and a pin and bolt next to each other. The first pin was loose, so I removed it. Does anyone know who put the route up and if they would object to rebolting the route? Jun 20, 2012
Dr. Dan
Steamboat Springs, CO
[Hide Comment] The route around the far right side of the shield in the alcove, I believe, was put up by Pete Grove. Have climbed it twice and is a bit manky and mossy but pretty interesting. There is an imposing looking roof, but it is not the crux and climbs ok. The crux is a slabby unprotected move left after the roof. A bunch of cleaning and a few bolts it could be a cool route. There are anchors on top, so could rap and clean. Jul 22, 2017