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Routes in Shark Fin Wall

Carpe Diem T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Fallout Shelter T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
History Book T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Life of Briley T 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Shark Fin T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Shark Tooth T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Temptation Crack T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Time Shark T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Wildlife Route T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Description

Because of the excellent concentration of moderate to easy climbing, Shark Fin Wall is one of the earliest focal points at Keyhole and is still one of the most popular walls here. Joe and Betsy Herbst, Mike and Stephanie Petrolak, John Shirley, Lynn Powers, Bob and Wanda Gallup, Joanne and Jorge Urioste, Team Keyhole and many others have scoured this wall for climbs over and over. Pretty much every square inch of this cliff has been top roped and all of the cracks have been led. The idea of giving these climbs names didn't occur to the early climbers. All of the names were developed over the years and added as newer climbers showed up and led old top ropes or needed a way to reference the climbs. Shark Fin is the earliest known name and only exception to this. All of the climbs use gear for belays.

Getting There

From the mouth of Keyhole go up wash a few hundred feet. Just before the First Waterfall go left up the Chuckwalla Couloir, Shark Fin Wall is the cliff on the left side of the couloir.

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DesertDan
Big Island, Hawaii
DesertDan   Big Island, Hawaii
All new climbers at Keyhole are taught to do climbs in the same, or better style, than the first ascent. Anyone can lower the bar, but it’s far more admirable to raise the bar.

Please be respectful of the traditional climbing at Keyhole, first instilled by the Stone Masters, and help maintain the longevity and traditional flavor of the area, i.e.

- Never add bolts to established climbs- this includes belays/rappel stations.
- On new routes use gear whenever possible, bolts are always a last resort.
- Lead new climbs ground up, even if top roped or cleaned on rappel first. Jan 12, 2018

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