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Shadowfax (5.8). Climber TRing Black Rider to the ...
Shadow Fax is the first climb you come to as you reach Middle Earth heading up from the south start of the climbers loop trail. Shadow Fax is a hand crack that widens to slightly off width as you get near the top. The crux comes near the bottom of the climb wear the crack moves slightly right with insecure feet (look to the small cracks to your right for help). The climbing is excellent and is good practise to improve your crack skills. The climb can be top roped by walking around the back of the rock and scrambleing up to the anchor. The crack is easily protectable and should be led.
.5 to # 3 (a #4 can be used just don't admitt it to anybody). Bolt anchor and rap rings at top of climb.
Shadow fax is the crack
Sebastion heading up Shadowfax, the tough 5.8 hand...
Sebastion uses his big gear on Shadowfax.
Sebastion jamming the crack Shadowfax.
Clipping the big stuff on Shadowfax.
BETA PHOTO: Shadowfax from the bottom
From: Portland, OR
Feb 23, 2006
A good clean crack. The crux is awkward rather than hard. Too bad it's not longer.
|By Kyle Wills|
From: San Diego CA
Dec 10, 2010
There just is very little reason to walk past this climb. Its a great warm up for harder cracks in the area.
Jun 23, 2011
As I understand it, the route has two starts. The direct start has been rated 5.9 while the lieback start to the right considered 5.8. The lieback start is significantly easier but the protection could be tricky if you dont place a piece, downclimb a step or two and then start. I recommend the direct start :)