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The Shield 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 75'
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Jamie Cunningham, Neal Brodien, September 1992
Season: Late Spring thru Fall
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Submitted By: Steve Marr on Apr 18, 2007

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The Shield climbs just to the right of the rope. ...


From the left side of the tree, climb to the top of two right-points flakes, and then up the left of two short, blunt arêtes (the rock between the arêtes is often wet) to a large ledge. Continue up the face above the ledge, heading towards the left side of an 18 inch overhang. Pull through the overhang on good hands (probably the crux – get your left foot up high on the face) to the face above with a thin crack. The best climbing on the route is above the overhang – the moves will keep you thinking. Pass through one more small overlap en route to a two bolt anchor at the top of the wall. Fun route.


Starts just left of a large pine tree near the base of the wall on the right (south) side of The Shield. It is just before the smooth (but dirty) face that marks the Grunge Wall. Look for a small 18 overhang about half way up the face.


Standard rack, 2 bolt anchor.

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By Devin Krevetski
From: Northfield, VT
Aug 6, 2012

probably the most underrated route at doesn't look like much from the ground but at the overlap and above it's tons of fun
By Robert Hall
From: North Conway, NH
Jul 27, 2014
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Agree 100% with above; just plain beautiful moves and super-well protectable even 100% with nuts! At the OH a small wired "Stopper" slots into a horizontal so well that leading the OH is almost like TR-ing it! The only thing that keeps me from 4-star-ing it, is its just too want it to go on and on.
By Ken Hamel
From: Bristol, RI
Jul 8, 2017

Lead this/climbed this for the first time today. On lead, I found the bottom section easy. The OH and above I found challenging, and thin in a few spots, particularly the finish on the bulge.

Then I top-roped it, and found ALL the holds I missed on lead : ) THEN it felt like a fun 5.7!

Nice climb!!

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