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The Shield is located right of center on the west face between the Rubble Row on the left and the Taboo Area on the right, and seen from afar as the smoothest portion of face at the Quarry.

Routes here range from 5.11c to 5.13c with the majority of climbs in the 5.12 and harder range. Some of the better routes in this area include Megalomania (5.12a), Redneck Reality (5.12b), Tattoo (5.13b), Enigma (5.13b) and Gypsy (5.13c).

Getting There 

Easily reached by heading for the right side of the Quarry's west face. Aim for the smooth portion of face just down and right from the Rubble Row.

Climbing Season

For the Riverside Quarry area.

Weather station 4.6 miles from here

5 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Shield:
Megalomania   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 105'   
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Featured Route For The Shield
Climber on Gypsy

Gypsy 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c  CA : Inland Empire : ... : The Shield
This is an awesome line. It goes up one of the cleaner sections of wall at the Quarry. Its hard to give a crux. It's very sustained for the first 40 or 50 feet. It really hard around the 7th or 8th bolt so I'd have to say thatís the crux. After that it gets less steep and more holds appear. One more cruxy section will lead you the anchors. Currently there are fixed draws on this route....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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The Shield Area
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Riverside Quarry overview showing the various sect...
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Climbers on Gypsy (5.13b), The Shield
Climbers on Gypsy (5.13b), The Shield
The Shield, Riverside Quarry
BETA PHOTO: The Shield, Riverside Quarry

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By Eli Stein
From: Soulthern Caliswag
May 2, 2009
Is Tattoo still climbable after the Feeding Frenzy block fell off? Is it possible to toprope Agony Arch?

Eli Stein
By C Miller
May 2, 2009
Tatoo is still climbable AFAIK and yes you can TR Agony Arch, but a few directional pieces will be helpful.
By andiran
Feb 7, 2012
In the 2012 Riverside Quarry Guidebook, Spunky Monkey (11c), Exfoliator (11c), and Vascular Massacre (11b) are now a part of Anger Management Area.
By tom donnelly
Feb 13, 2014
Link to another use for big blocks that fall off, this one from the active Stone Valley quarry (just west of the climbing quarry). You can see what the climbing might have looked like back in its own mining days.


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