Average Rating : 4.00 out of 5
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Route Summary | Ascent Notes (2)
Tom Ogden 5/01
Rock (Trad) (Sport)
6 bolts and gear to 2" (if going to top), otherwise 6 bolts to ledge for sport version.
The Shard ascends the spire-like formation on the right edge of the Tower of Babble. This climb begins in the gully below the Shooting Gallery and to the left of the Visions Wall. Scramble up the gully for 40 feet and the belayer can tie off to a fixed line. Step up out of the gully and clip the first bolt. The route generally ascends the right arete until the sixth bolt. At this point you can continue to the top of the Shard using gear in the cracks to the left of the arete. Stay on the arete to avoid loose rock. For a sport version of this route, step right after clipping the fifth or sixth bolt and traverse to the belay ledge at the start of Bambi Slayer.
Rappel or hike off through shooting gallery and boardwalk to steep descent trail (sport version), or rappel from top (trad version).
Submitted by: pmcheng on 2012-07-09
Route ID: 111851
Definitely not the easiest way, as we had bags to haul up and pulling them through the gully at the bottom of Bambi slayer didn't work well. The route was fun, using the sharp right arete and features on the face to climb the sport version. At the last bolt, it's a quick and easy traverse to the ledge. Bring a long sling for the last bolt otherwise rope will rub on the arete.