The Shield, El Capitan A3 5.8

   
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Yosemite Valley, California USA

  • Currently 5.0/5
Avg time to climb route: 6 days
Approach time: 10 minutes
Descent time: 4 hours
Number of pitches: 30
Height of route: 2900'
Overview
Steep, clean and outrageously exposed, the Shield Headwall may be the most spectacular place on El Capitan. The single, thin seam that runs the duration of the Headwall is unbelievable. However, don't expect to find the cracks Charlie Porter originally nailed as the rurp placements are now 1-1 1/4" scars. The climbing is only marginally more difficult than Zodiac, but the many lower angle "approach" pitches make the Shield a bigger undertaking.
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Source: SuperTopo Guidebook Staff Last update: June 18, 2013
El Capitan - The Shield A3 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click to Enlarge
The Shield is route number 7.
Photo: Tom Frost
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