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Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
1st Offense T,S,TR 
Battle of the Bulge S,TR 
Desperado S 
Diamond S 
Eat Mo' Possum T 
Fat Man S,TR 
Fields of Fire S 
I Love a Mystery TR 
Inner Sanctum  T 
Lycra S 
Middle Man S 
Powerplay T,TR 
Pressure Drop S 
Shadow S,TR 
Shadow Traverse S 
Swallow T,S,TR 
Thin Man S 
Three To Get Ready S 

Shadow Rock Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 997'
Location: 35.3037, -120.69618 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: andy patterson, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Kristin McNamara on Jan 12, 2004


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BETA PHOTO: Shadow Far Left Side


Hot and muggy day? Tired of the scene down at Cracked Wall? Up for a little leading? Well, then, head for Shadow Rock. Sunny sometimes, but, as the name suggests, shady many others. Watch out when climbing around noon, the sun will get in your eyes. It's slab central, but you'll find plenty of interesting moves to keep your wits about you.

Getting There 

From the main road, head all the way up until you start heading into the wood. Follow the climber trail that forks left. You should go along the meadow, ignore the first turn off, go into some high brush and into some trees and take the trail left. This approach is milder than P Wall, and you should be able to see the wall not too far off the original climber trail.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.6 miles from here

19 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Shadow Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Shadow Rock:
Shadow   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   
Fields of Fire   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 80'   
Desperado   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Fat Man   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   
Thin Man   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Sport, 1 pitch, 150'   
Diamond   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Lycra   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Battle of the Bulge   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, TR, 80'   
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Featured Route For Shadow Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Now, where is that first bolt?

Shadow 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c California : Central Coast : ... : Shadow Rock
This route has a mixture of old bolting ethics and those from Owen's River Gorge. This means the first bolt is about 20 ft off the deck but the ones following are almost on top of eachother. That said, it is still a classic, good enough to be placed on Hans Flourine's top six routes below 5.12! It starts on the left side of the block in the middle of the wall and goes up until you are just below and left of the first bolt. Traverse right, clip the bolt and then follow the bolt line up to the anc...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: The Fat Man features well placed bolts on solid ro...
BETA PHOTO: The Fat Man features well placed bolts on solid ro...
Rock Climbing Photo: Swallow, Fat Man, Eat Mo' Possum.  Swallow makes a...
BETA PHOTO: Swallow, Fat Man, Eat Mo' Possum. Swallow makes a...
Rock Climbing Photo: Updated Topo of the Left Side of Shadow Wall.   Fa...
BETA PHOTO: Updated Topo of the Left Side of Shadow Wall. Fa...

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By Ken Klis
Feb 11, 2011
Those are mine.

Need them back asap.
By John Knight
Feb 16, 2011
I have them soaking in acetone to preserve them. I'll lay them out on top of my old rotting batteries and get them back to you as soon as they are dry.
By John Knight
Jun 3, 2011
Note - updated topo for the left side of Shadow. Two new routes/start variations have been added. No Offense (5.10a) between First Offense & 3 to Get Ready & Middle Man (5.10a) between Fat Man & Thin Man.
By Ivan Jasenovic
From: Buderim, Queensland
Jan 13, 2013
What ever happen to inner sanctum?
By Josterling
Mar 8, 2013
Inner Sanctum has not moved!! licheny and scary.
By Justin Fontecchio
From: San Luis Obispo, California
Jan 25, 2014
i left a comment regarding inner sanctum not being posted on mountain project, again i could be missing it somewhere...but i personaly think if its not posted that it should be. from what ive read...and ive only read, so no one attack me here....but that route was important to tobin. it had meaning and i think we should respect that and have it posted. i understand the risk and ive belayed one climber up this route ending in success..i top roped it and aside from its 3 bolts its an amazing climb with amazing history that should be recognized.
By Ryan Nevius
From: Estes Park, Colorado
Jan 25, 2014
Justin, here you go:
By Justin Fontecchio
From: San Luis Obispo, California
Jan 26, 2014
right on ryan thank you very much. i hope i didnt upset anyone and im new to the site so i didnt know i could add to it! much appreciated
By Sean P. Sullivan
From: Clovis, Ca
Jul 3, 2014
  • attention climbers*
Shadow rock has been closed! Due to illegal cutting, trimming and removing of vegetation. I understand that belaying next to poison oak might not be optimal but due to a few peoples actions the wall has been shut down to climbing by the city. That's all I know at this point, I will post more when I know. This is a HUGE bummer and not cool. For the sake of the other areas on the mountain please please please tread lightly, and pack out what you pack in.
By Jordan Collins
From: South Lake Tahoe
Jul 4, 2014
WTF idiots
By Sean P. Sullivan
From: Clovis, Ca
Jul 6, 2014
Does anyone know the status of the wall yet? I was told from someone at slo op that there is no official closure as per the head ranger. Well yellow tape and a huge sign from the city says otherwise so who knows.
By Mickey Sensenbach
From: San luis obispo CA
Jul 7, 2014
Shadow wall was never closed... That was a local who did that, it is open and always was open... But if people keep cutting those plants I will soon be closed, spread the word that cutting plants is frowned upon and shall not be practiced at bishop peak. Stay in your garden and cut shit, don't spend hours cutting things EVERYONE likes.
By Sean P. Sullivan
From: Clovis, Ca
Jul 14, 2014
Thanks Mickey I got the full scoop today. Regardless of the foolish thing he did, we all need to be very careful up there. We are so lucky to have a place like bishop in our backyard, lets not mess it up
By J Potter
May 29, 2017
Alt. route to Shadow, climb left of bolt line and clip with right hand to make an interesting route. Unless done before, this route goes at 5.9.Please give it a try.

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