The Shield is the largest and steepest area along the Backside of the Main Dome. It is home to most of the difficult, run out slab routes in the park. The wall is basically divided into two sections. The right side (from Nobody Like Bryant Gumbel to the obvious Runamuck arch) consists of shorter routes in the 5.7 and 5.8 realm. This somewhat confusing area has also been called the Prok Wall in honor of all of the routes with "Prok" somewhere in their name. Almost all of these routes require gear with the occasional bolt here and there. Protection ranges from nonexistent to good. The left side of the wall (from Fly on a Windshield to Carpet Crawl) boasts steep, bolted slab routes in the 5.10 to 5.12 range.
As for the other areas along the Backside, follow the Echo Canyon trail through the Main Dome - Little Dome saddle, down the draw, and through the boulders at the bottom. There is a well used hiking trail that leads out from the boulders, loops to the right (northeast), and continues around the entire dome. Follow the trail to the marker for the blue climbers' trail and turn right. Once you reach the base of the dome, the majority of the Shield will be to your left. The Runamuck arch on the right side of the wall makes a good landmark. You can reach any climb along the Shield (as well as the areas immediately adjacent to it) by following the trail along the base of the wall.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Shield:
Deep Prok 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch
Stranger Than Friction 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b PG13 Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Bold Talk for a One-Eyed Fat Man 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b R Sport, 1 pitch, 115'
Featured Route For The Shield
Bold Talk for a One-Eyed Fat Man 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b R TX : Enchanted Rock State Natura... : ... : The Shield
Taken from the Dome Drivers Manual : "From the first tree left of Gravitron, climb sustained 5.10 crystals past the overlap and the first two bolts. The crux is the 25-foot bulge leading to the third bolt. This section starts with steep edging and ends with small crystals. Climb left to the forth bolt and then embark on a 45-foot run-out of 5.9+ to the fifth bolt. Just above is a double-bolt belay with a ledge stance."This is an outstanding pitch that really isn't as scary as the description sou...[more] Browse More Classics in TX
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