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Rock Climbing Photo: Approach beta for the Shield, from the top.
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By Jason Halladay
From: Los Alamos, NM
Apr 25, 2012
Nice one, Chris. Thanks.
By Jason J Patton
Apr 25, 2012
Great photo. There is however a trail and cairns in the portion you marked bushwack. The trail is very sparse and fades in and out but it is there and there are cairns as well.
By Craig Childre
From: Lubbock, Texas
May 1, 2012
Thanks Chris! That is exactly what I desired. This confirms that I read the approach instructions properly. Can't wait to make an attempt next season.
By Ben Burnett
From: Colorado
Sep 30, 2013
Nice shot!
How long is the rap? Can it be done with a single rope? (30 m 40 m or 70 m)
By George Perkins
From: The Dungeon, NM
Oct 24, 2013
The rappel is 30m. A single 60m rope works. However, a fixed line is usually present.
By Bill Lawry
From: New Mexico
Sep 7, 2015
8 November 2015:

The fixed rap line at the SE end of The Shield was replaced. This is likely most important for re-ascending should something unexpected happen ... such as bailing from a route due to weather or due to a partner unfortunately injured on a climb.

An intermediate rap station has been included (at a tree) in hopes of reducing rope damage due to wind. There are also quick links at the top for rapping on your own rope. As George indicates, one can rap on a single 60m rope almost straight down and so completely skip the fixed lines and their intermediate rap station.

The two fixed-hand-line sections seem ok, although those ropes could be a decade or more old. Hope to see those replaced before too long.
By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Oct 16, 2016
Nice photo, Chris.
By Daniel Sikora
12 hours ago
Just finished the decent on 9/23/17. The twin fixed rappel ropes are pretty frayed although serviceable, plenty of core showing with sections up to 3ft long of completely missing sheath and frayed core. They held us fine though, at 150lbs for the heaver of us two. Cant speak for the catwalk hand lines as we descended too far and ended up down climbing into the canyon and following game trails to the Fletcher trailhead
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Approach beta for the Shield, from the top.

Submitted By: Chris Wenker on Apr 25, 2012
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