The Shield

3 Stars
 7b+ S2

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22m. This magnificent line takes the immaculate grey pillar of rock jutting from the Ford's East Face. A lengthy rightwards traverse leads to a climactic crux finish - the moves are baffling, thin and technical. From the marked ledge on the topo, climb the traverse across to a rest beneath the left edge of the big grey shield. Climb onto the shield and cross it, finally gaining the crack above; an extended crux sequence leads you to the finish ledge. A jump from the 17m high finishing ledge should form an integral part of the route - the alternative is to jumar out on a pre-placed rope.
FSA. Julian Lines, Mike Robertson 30.5.2005


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