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Submitted By: Rick D on Apr 3, 2009
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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

Weather station 2.0 miles from here

35 Total Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',17],['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:
The Perfect Lie Back   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 60'   Sun Wall Area
5.8 Hand Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Books Area
Whisker Biscuit   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Donnie G
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
I Be Jammin'   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   2nd Alcove
Sun Wall Right   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 100'   Sun Wall Area
Inside/Out   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 140'   Wood Hood
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
Topographic Ocean   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   Wood Hood
O.U.L.D.   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 130'   2nd Alcove
Arrowhead   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 80'   Donnie G
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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Pigeons on the Roof 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : High Caliber Corridor
Probably the best route at the grade in Woodfords, Pigeons on the Roof offers up an array of climbing challenges in an incredible position. With just about every climbing style represented this pitch reveals it's many cruxes like so many chapters in an epic novel.Chapter One:Surmount a steep roof right off the deck via a powerful boulder problem to gain a short, thin book. Thin pro combined with difficult moves probably make this the technical crux of the climb.Chapter Two:Move easily up to a se...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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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?
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