The Lieback

Page Type
California, United States, North America
Route Type:
Trad Climbing
Spring, Summer, Winter
Time Required:
Less than two hours
Rock Difficulty:
5.7 (YDS)
Number of Pitches:

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The Lieback
Created On: Jan 18, 2007
Last Edited On: Feb 26, 2007

Route Info

"Lieback" is a naturally protected climb that follows the obvious left-facing dihedral that splits Kernville Rock up the middle. The climb consists of 2 pitches of gear protected climbing. The only bolts are at the top rap station. The climb's graded 5.5 in "Needles" book but, it's probably more like 5.7.

P1: Follow the finger sized crack up past a small tree/bush. Continue up placing a series of mid to small sized cams and nuts. Belay at the notch that has a perpendicular crack stuffed with cam debris.

P2: Continue up the dihedral to the rocky ledge. At this point you can finish up and to the right on the face to a bolted belay or to the left via the cam-protectable undercling and then up past one tie off knob to a rap station on top. To walk off the route work your way to the top of the ridge and walk off the South side back to the base (rap recomended).

This route is mentioned in the "Needles" guidbook by, Greg Vernon.

Note: This route can be climbed combining most of the two above pitches together and belaying at the ledge by tieing off the large block on the South side of the ledge.


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The Lieback

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