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Routes in Shady Side West

Chromatic Aberration S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Escape Velocity S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Primeval Atmosphere S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Primordial Soup S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Subdivisions S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
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Description [Suggest Change]

A satellite area of Black Rocks, this remote region holds about six sport routes ranging from .9 to .12b While the climbing at Shady Side West is no different from the other two areas, this seclusion makes you feel like you're somewhere entirely different. Basalt face climbing up a small selection of short walls.

A nice setting, with some nice routes. Take a hike and explore the Shady Side West.

NOTE: The Shady Side West should not to be confused with the Shady West Side, which of course, has no climbing and is just plain scary. What?! What?!

Getting There [Suggest Change]

Approach the same as for the Shady Side. Follow the trail along the base of the Shady Side's routes until you reach the last remaining lines. Continue past these following a faint trail for about 250 yards. Once you reach a large open gap in the wall continue to follow the trail west until the rock on your left starts growing in size. When the wall begins to reach around 40 feet you're almost there. Keep a close eye for bolts. Expect a 15 to 20 minute approach.

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Lurker
Verdi, NV
Lurker   Verdi, NV  
There are a number of new (?) routes in this area that aren't on MP or in the Goss guidebook.

The one to the right of "Escape Velocity" climbs an undercut slab, to a roof, to killer slightly-overhanging pockets above. Super fun, maybe .10+.

There's another one between "Primordial Soup" and "Subdivisions" that follows pocket and edges to a prow right before the anchor. Again, really good, mid-5.10.

A third one is to the left of "Primeval Atmosphere", didn't try it but also looked decent.

Shady Side West, in general, is a great place to escape what otherwise appears to be a total junk show at the rest of the crag. Dec 31, 2017

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