Lieback Flake

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 44.36680°N / 121.13631°W
Additional Information Route Type: Trad Climbing
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Additional Information Time Required: Less than two hours
Additional Information Difficulty: Technical Rock
Additional Information Rock Difficulty: 5.4 (YDS)
Additional Information Number of Pitches: 1
Additional Information Grade: I
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One of the easier routes to the summit of Flattop, this climb is not really a lieback and it's really not a flake either. It's sort of a narrow blocky climb that eases after the initial couple moves from the ground, then has a loose finish up a groove to the top. Of course you get great views of Smith from the top.

Getting There

See the main page for Radek's directions. Flattop is the 6th formation from the bottom of Staender Ridge. Hike between Bette's Needles and Flattop and turn right to get to the northwest side of Flattop. There are 3 flake-like formations on this side, Lieback Flake is the southernmost one (or the one furthest to the right with flat rock to its right side). It is the first crack/flake to the left of a short 5.7 sport route with two bolts showing.

Route Description

Climb the blocky flake hanging out from the face until you can step up on blocks in the flake. Beware of loose large rocks in this groove/flake. Follow this crack/flake about 20-25 feet to a ledge. From here, continue up the left groove with two cracks. This is loose stuff so pull down, not out on the small holds. This second groove is about 10 feet long and when you top out, turn right to see the anchors. Rappel the route.

See photo

Essential Gear

Gear to 2 inches.


Photos to be added soon by Karl Helser.



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