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The Shield Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 350'
Location: -9.66901, 15.57423 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrator: Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Pat M on Jun 3, 2014
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Massive oblong tower close to the road. Overhanging on most sides, except for the South Ridge. Great potential for additional routes on all sides. Incredible summit about the size of a basketball court.

Getting There 

No trail to base. Park at turnoff on the South side of the road, cross the road and start cutting grass. Bring your machete, as at least half of the approach is tall grass. Luckily the approach is less than 200m... it just might be the longest 200m of your life. Head into the tall grass and aim for the left edge of the tower. You can follow a creekbed for the first third of the way, then move up and left towards the rock again. You will encounter some rocky open areas that are a great relief from the tall grass. There are many places that will look like our old trail, but are most likely game tracks, so don't follow them if they are not taking you in the general direction of the tower.

Climbing Season

For the Africa area.

Weather station 41.6 miles from here

1 Total Climbing Routes

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

Featured Route For The Shield
Rock Climbing Photo: Nice casual route for a half-day outing after goin...

South Ridge 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Africa : Angola : ... : The Shield
Great casual route to an amazing summit. Feels like gym climbing with a big cobble where you need it for every move. As with any less-traveled route, loose rock can be an issue, but the cobbles are quite solid. Start: Just left of a shallow chimney on the south edge of the tower. There is a clear band of cobbles going up the rounded arete left of the chimney and right of an incipient crack. The first 2 bolts will be visible from the ground.Pitch 1: Move up left on some small ledges to gain...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Rock Climbing Photo: Dan on the approach... just keep pushing to the to...
Dan on the approach... just keep pushing to the to...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Shield viewed from the road (get your machete ...
BETA PHOTO: The Shield viewed from the road (get your machete ...

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By Pat M
Jun 9, 2014
Just repeated the route this weekend. Such a classic. Really casual climbing, just runout enough to keep it exciting and an incredible summit. Hope somebody comes to repeat it soon...
By rpc
Jul 8, 2014
Thanks for adding all the Angola climbing info - looks AMAZING!! Keep 'em coming.

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