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Shock and Awe 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Dave Bingham, 2003
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Submitted By: David Tvedt on Apr 3, 2006

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This fun diverse route starts on patina edges. The crux hits low with in a maze of small patina holds facing different directions. Continue on with tricky pull-down edging leading to a steep jug finish.


South side of the West Buttress of Castle Rock


Bolts. Bolt anchor at the top.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Garrett on Shock and Awe
Garrett on Shock and Awe
Rock Climbing Photo: Shock and Awe  Patty Black firin' a lap on one of ...
Shock and Awe Patty Black firin' a lap on one of ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Patty Black gettin' started on Shock and Awe
Patty Black gettin' started on Shock and Awe

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From: Winona
Apr 20, 2009

By Jeff Jones
From: Elk Ridge, UT
Jul 12, 2009
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

When it is 4 stars, you just do it. Don't leave the area without ticking this one off. A word of warning...don't do it in the heat of the day (as I found out the first time I attempted it). This route is best done in the morning.
By ben orton
Jun 2, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

One of the best routes in the park hands down. 5.9 the 10 rating is not because of the move difficulty just the mental focus needed.
By Daniel Nelson
From: Jackson, WY
Oct 29, 2013

One of my fav routes of all time. Mentally challenging more than physically - thin edges for feet and hands on very positive face with spaced out bolts. A must do in the city/castle area.
By Dan Mathews
Aug 28, 2014
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13

I thought the climbing was harder and more run out than it looked from the ground. Because there are a couple of large ledges on the route, there are occasions where it is likely one would hit a big ledge if you were to fall while nearing the next bolt. The bolting is a bit sporty compared to many of the newer routes at Castle Rocks.
By Mike Engle
Aug 17, 2015

One of the best routes for the grade at Castle or City!
By Joshua Benjamin
From: Nampa, Idaho
Jun 13, 2016
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Great route. It's really common for people to ditch the gear they don't need before the 4th class scramble to the base of the climb. Just know that there are 10 bolts on the route, or else you'll have to skip the last bolt or two like I did! Bring 12 draws or climb in your brown pants.

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