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Routes in Shangri-La

Blade Runner S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Crouching Tiger S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Free Radical S 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Guillotine T 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Hangman S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Hidden Dragon S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
History Book T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Hypertension S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Science Friction S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Skullduggery S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
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Elevation: 1,902 ft
GPS: 47.431, -121.62 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Rad Roberts on Aug 26, 2014
Admins: Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick
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Description

Shangri-La has some of the best climbing on the I-90 corridor, with clean, high friction rock reminiscent of the Gun Show, Bob's wall, and the Blackstone wall at Si. The crag has a number of great routes from 5.10 to 5.12. There are two trad lines, a two pitch line, and sport routes from 50 to 100 feet high.

This area is East and South facing, dries quickly after a shower, and can get warm in the middle of summer days. Routes are more sparsely bolted than elsewhere at Exit 38 and grades are more in line with Index. Those who love to climb at the Index Lower Town Wall will enjoy this secluded oasis. Alpine views add to the ambience.

Info, topo, and beta are here: Shangri-La information follows a description of the FA of Blade Runner.

Getting There

The Far Side area of X38 has several East-facing crags in a line: Interstate Park, Eastern Block, Squishy Bell, and Headlight Point. East of these crags is a giant talus field. Shangri-La is on the Eastern and Southern faces of the buttress across this talus field. Cross the talus, aiming for the bottom of the buttress. Follow cairns to the crag. You will pass below the buttress and a giant tree, ascend a short talus section East of the buttress, enter the forest above this talus, and go straight up a hundred feet in the forest. Shangri-La is 15-20 minutes from the trail head, 5 minutes past the crags listed above, and well worth the walk.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Shangri-La

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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 3
History Book
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 3
Hangman
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 4
Guillotine
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 8
Crouching Tiger
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 9
Science Friction
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 9
Free Radical
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 3
Hidden Dragon
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 3
Hypertension
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
History Book
 3
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Hangman
 3
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Guillotine
 4
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad
Crouching Tiger
 8
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Science Friction
 9
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Free Radical
 9
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Hidden Dragon
 3
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Hypertension
 3
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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geoff georges
Seattle, Wa.
geoff georges   Seattle, Wa.
I suggest we call this Rad Wall. Apr 25, 2018
@Geoff: Guillotine was the first route here, named for the giant, sharp flake in the middle. We originally had a "Death by..." theme that lead to Drive By, Hangman, Small Arms Fire, etc. But this crag name didn't seem likely to inspire people to visit, and the place has a special other-worldly location and ambience, so we went to Shangri-La. This has been propagated on the internet and is what will be in Kurt's new book, so I think we'll stick with it. So that's the history. Cheers, Rad Apr 25, 2018
Does anyone have the correct gps coordinates to update the page? Apr 25, 2018
@John: Location added. May 5, 2018
Approach took us 30 minutes from the parking lot. Jul 8, 2018

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