Type: Trad, Alpine, 250 ft, 2 pitches, Grade II
FA: L. Ellison, P. Maloney, 1983
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Shared By: mountainsense on Sep 16, 2008
Admins: Andrew Gram, Nathan Fisher, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq

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A striking line, the Shadow of Death climbs the obvious, splitter handcrack just uphill and to the right of Megaform. Follow the amazing crack as it gradually widens to a squeeze, then wriggle your way through the flare and to an alcove belay just beneath a roof. Step right into a splitter corner that eventually narrows from wide hands to fingers through a series of airy roofs. At the top of the finger crack, step left into a slot, then past a short section of loose blocks to the rim. With a bit more traffic, this stellar, varied route is destined to become one of the cirque's best at the grade. Descend west along a faint trail that eventually deposits you at the mouth of the cirque.


A standard rack: bring at least one #5 Camalot--or equivalent. Doubles in hands to fists recommended.


Thanks for posting this route...Les raved about this line. Sep 18, 2008
Ari Menitove  
Good route. Remarkably clean for how infrequently I am assuming that it gets climbed. We brought a single set of cams from #3 - #5 BD, and there would have been way fewer shenanigans involving downclimbing and back-cleaning if we would have had 2 #3 BD's and 2 #4 BDs. And we definitely used the #5 BD, too. Aug 10, 2009
A must-do classic route in Lone Peak! It's worth the hike and the extra weight. My inner thighs hurt... Jul 22, 2013
Greg Gavin
Greg Gavin   SLC, UT
This climb is exactly 90 meters long which makes if 295ft. Just sayin! Shingo's description lines you up for a fantastic 60m pitch 1, and awesome 30m pitch 2.

Shadow of Death is a phenomenal line that should be on every crack climbers list. No solution pockets here to save your ass! Jul 13, 2016
Sam Cannon
Salt Lake City, UT
Sam Cannon   Salt Lake City, UT
Phenomenal. Pairs well with Hyperform, or any of the other routes on that wall, I'd imagine. Don't let the OW sections scare you off. I'm no OW aficionado and I got through it with one hang in the squeeze on P1 because I blew a sequence. If this is close to your limit you will want two #4s in addition to that #5. Had doubles in everything else and was happy to have them. Jul 5, 2017