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The Fortress


The huge outcropping of rock that is located on the north side of the canyon.

Getting There 

Park right before the bridge crossing the carson river. The fortress will be on your right. Hike up the ridge line just above the boulder field.

Climbing Season

33 Total Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',19],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Fortress:
5.8 Hand Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Books Area
The Perfect Lie Back   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 60'   Sun Wall Area
The Red Pillar   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 100'   Red Pillar Area
Quoia the Destroya   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   2nd Alcove
Whisker Biscuit   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Donnie G
I Be Jammin'   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   2nd Alcove
Inside/Out   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 140'   Wood Hood
Sun Wall Right   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 100'   Sun Wall Area
Cat Scratch Fever   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Books Area
Sun Wall Middle   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 95'   Sun Wall Area
Jammin' for Jehova'   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 110'   Wood Hood
Sun Wall Left   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch   Sun Wall Area
Walking Jack   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   2nd Alcove
O.U.L.D.   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 130'   2nd Alcove
Smearing for Jesus   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 130'   Wood Hood
The Hand of God   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 4 pitches, 600'   Wood Hood
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Featured Route For The Fortress
Leah cruising on Quoia the Destroya.

Quoia the Destroya 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : 2nd Alcove
Named after an especially fierce dog named Sequoia, this climb is tame in comparison. What appears from the ground to be a skin-eating offwidth replete with loose blocks is actually an enjoyable outing on mostly solid rock. After an opening moves crux that serves up the only mandatory OW moves on the pitch, Quoia the Destroya offers fun, steep moves on solidly wedged flakes. After about 50' make an exposed move left under the bulge (blue camalot helpful) and follow the left-leaning crack to a l...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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A view of The Fortress.
BETA PHOTO: A view of The Fortress.
This shows the hike up to The Fortress in the middle of winter even though it hit 60 degrees F at the base of the cliff.
BETA PHOTO: This shows the hike up to The Fortress in the midd...
A view of the approach to The Fortress. Looking down on the road u can see 2 cars parked along the road, that is the parking area to The Fortress.
BETA PHOTO: A view of the approach to The Fortress. Looking do...
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By Milton Mugambe
Apr 24, 2009

Perfect Lieback is an excellent climb with a botched bolted anchor. Some with some time and know-how should renovate the anchor of this popular climb.

By outdooreric
From: Lyons, CO
Jun 4, 2009

We just did The Perfect Lieback today and I didn't notice anything wrong with the anchor chains, maybe its been taken care of already.

By bruced
Jul 8, 2009

Clean enough to eat off of.

By Ron Anderson
Jun 21, 2011

original rap bolts werent botched, but rather put in a convinient rap location. The climb was traditionally anchored.

By ben pope
Nov 22, 2013

Ron (or anyone), do you know what the OW/squeeze to the left of Boulder Than You Think goes at?