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Shady Side Rock Climbing 

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Wild flowers in the meadow on the way to the cliff


Shady Side is on located on the south side of Sinks Canyon. As the name implies, this crag sees mostly shade all day long. It's a nice place for moderates in the summer. There's harder stuff too.

There are 3 main crags at Shady Side: The School, Porter's Prow, and Heavy Metal Rock Band.

The School is the easiest area and sees heavy traffic and is a great place to set up top ropes for kids.

Porter's Prow has a few 11's.

Heavy Metal Rock Band has a range of climb from 10's to 12's.

Getting There 

Park at the Popo Agie campground. Take the swinging bridge across the river. After the bridge, take the trail straight ahead. Hike up the nature trail. At the next trail intersection, split left or right depending on which crag you wish to visit.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.2 miles from here

17 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Shady Side

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Shady Side:
C'est Fini   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   The School
Banish Misfortune    5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   The School
Surround Sound   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 80'   Heavy Metal Rock Band
Sorting Hat Right   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   The School
The Big So-So   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   The School
Finish Your Homework   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 65'   The School
Spinal Tap   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 70'   Heavy Metal Rock Band
The Grand Adventure   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 75'   The School
Goodnight Moon   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 40'   Heavy Metal Rock Band
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Rock Climbing Photo: Zach on the better pockets halfway up. Clean stone...

Goodnight Moon 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b  Wyoming : Sinks Canyon : ... : Heavy Metal Rock Band
Absolutely incredible. A must do at the shady side. Start up a layback flake to clip the first bolt, then traverse out left on incut pockets to the second bolt. Launch into the crux using a single pad mono to a higher sinker mono. Clip the third bolt and follow good pockets with small feet to the chains. There are multiple ways to do the crux....[more]   Browse More Classics in Wyoming

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By Jake Dickerson
From: Lander, WY
Jun 5, 2017
A little more detailed approach beta. Park at the Popo Agie campground and cross the swinging bridge. Follow the trail straight across up the little wooden steps. When it comest to a fork, go right (Left continues on the nature trail). Keep going and cross the cattle guard thing at the fence. Immediately turn left and follow the fence through the meadow. When you get to the trees, a faint trail will be visible and the gully goes up to porterprowl/heavy metal. Be prepared for a little bush whacking. Eventually you will get to a well maintained bike trail and it goes right to the left side of the heavy metal rock band. Worth checking out!

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