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Approach beta for the Shield, from the top.
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By Jason Halladay
From: Los Alamos, NM
Apr 25, 2012
Nice one, Chris. Thanks.
By Jason J Patton
Apr 25, 2012
Great photo. There is however a trail and cairns in the portion you marked bushwack. The trail is very sparse and fades in and out but it is there and there are cairns as well.
By Craig Childre
From: Lubbock, Texas
May 1, 2012
Thanks Chris! That is exactly what I desired. This confirms that I read the approach instructions properly. Can't wait to make an attempt next season.
By Ben Burnett
From: Colorado
Sep 30, 2013
Nice shot!
How long is the rap? Can it be done with a single rope? (30 m 40 m or 70 m)
By George Perkins
From: Los Alamos, New Mexico
Oct 24, 2013
The rappel is 30m. A single 60m rope works. However, a fixed line is usually present.
By Bill Lawry
From: New Mexico
Sep 7, 2015
6 Sept 2015

The fixed rap line at the SE end of The Shield has a one inch length of exposed core mid-way down; it is a sun-bleached static line. The sheath hasn't yet slipped down into an impassable mass for rap devices. Suggest rapping with own rope.

This damaged area is at the same spot as in the last rope years ago. Adjusting the rope, say, up a few feet once a year might make just enough difference.

The two fixed-hand-line sections seem ok, although those ropes may be older than the fixed rap line.


The fixed rap line may be most important for ascent, since parties coming down usually will already have a rope. Ascent may be important if bailing from a climb (e.g., injured partner, no cell phone) and so needing to efficiently reverse the approach.

Arrangements for replacement are being made.
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Approach beta for the Shield, from the top.

Submitted By: Chris Wenker on Apr 25, 2012
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