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Desert Shield

5.9, Sport, 50 ft,  Avg: 2.5 from 84 votes
FA: unknown
Washington > Central Region > Vantage (French… > Feathers > N Side

Description

A fun arete. The first bolt is fairly high, but it felt secure.

Location

On the northern arete of the Medicine Man column (immediately above the gap between the north and south sides).

Protection

QDs. Rap anchor.

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Overhead shot
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Great arete, shorter but higher quality that the aretes on the sunshine wall
[Hide Photo] Great arete, shorter but higher quality that the aretes on the sunshine wall
Nicky Hastings near the top of Desert Shield.
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Rick Shull
Arcata, CA & Dyer,NV
  5.9
[Hide Comment] 6 bolts. Well protected, rebolted since the first ascent. Oct 16, 2008
Ian Dickson
Seattle, WA
  5.8
[Hide Comment] Yea, i wouldn't rate this PG-13 any more. Dec 24, 2009
Morrismc
Portland, Or
 
[Hide Comment] An amazing climb! Fun movement. Dec 24, 2010
[Hide Comment] Yeah, you can pull the PG rating off. We retro bolted with permissions from the FA dudes. Way more safe and fun corner. Jul 16, 2013
Nick Scott
Vancouver, British Columbia
 
[Hide Comment] I wouldn't call this PG-13. The climbing is solid up to the first bolt and it is much lower than many of the other first clips at this crag. Mar 27, 2018
Tiffany Samson
Seattle, WA
  5.9
[Hide Comment] Fun climbing on the arete. First bolt is high like many of the climbs at Feathers. Crimps for hands and small corners for toe ins. Some high hands or step up feet to get up higher. A little balancey. Nice arete climbing practice. Harder than it looks from the bottom. Lots of chalk to follow. Load up biners on the left. Not PG-13. Apr 16, 2018
Hank Thompson
Tacoma, WA
 
[Hide Comment] Not PG13 Dec 23, 2018