Type: Sport, 80 ft (24 m)
FA: Vernon Phinney and Mike Engle 1987- Ground up
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Shared By: Zac Hester on Jun 29, 2002 · Updates
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Shark's Breath can be found in the Rushmore guide book, but the bolts have recently been upgraded and a couple have been added. The pro is now better than the description in the guidebook.

Climb the bolt line that parallels the arete. Some moves seem better on the face, than hanging off the arete, and the new bolts suggest a more face-oriented route.

Shark's Breath is the farthest right bolt line up the shark fin.


Well protected with about 10 bolts (recently replaced).

The anchor is shared with Shark's Breath.  Once you summit, traverse left to the chains. The left bolt of the anchor was loose. It would be possible to setup a top rope, but I wouldn't because if you fell the swing would suck.  A 70m rope easily allowed a single rope rap.