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The Fortress  


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Description 

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]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',3],['5.8',3],['5.9',10],['5.10',9],['5.11',9],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',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, 1 pitch, 60'   6 - Liebacks Area
5.8 Hand Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   1 - Books Area
Whisker Biscuit   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   3 - Donnie G
The Red Pillar   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 100'   8.5 - Red Pillar Area
Quoia the Destroya   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   4 - Second Alcove
I Be Jammin'   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   4 - Second Alcove
Sun Wall Right   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 100'   8 - Sun Wall Area
Inside/Out   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 140'   2 - Wood Hood
Cat Scratch Fever   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   1 - Books Area
Sun Wall Middle   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 95'   8 - Sun Wall Area
Jammin' for Jehova'   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 110'   2 - Wood Hood
Sun Wall Left   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch   8 - Sun Wall Area
Walking Jack   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   4 - Second Alcove
Topographic Ocean   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   2 - Wood Hood
O.U.L.D.   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 130'   4 - Second Alcove
Arrowhead   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 80'   3 - Donnie G
Smearing for Jesus   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 130'   2 - Wood Hood
The Hand of God   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 4 pitches, 600'   2 - Wood Hood
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Featured Route For The Fortress
The improbable, ultra classic roof of Hand of God.

The Hand of God 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a  CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : 2 - Wood Hood
The first pitch of this climb is the hike up to the Wood Hood. You will be well warmed up at this point, so quit dallying and get to the business!Pitch 1: It can be bypassed by easier/crappy gully climbing to the right, but that would also make you a weenie. A bolt about 10-15 feet up marks the start. Continue straight up, placing gear in intermittent cracks. Once you reach a large ledge and a downward facing tusk of rock you encounter the final business of the route with testy, technical, crumb...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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A special place. Not an exhaustive topo by any str...
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BETA PHOTO: This shows the hike up to The Fortress in the midd...
A view of the approach to The Fortress. Looking do...
BETA PHOTO: A view of the approach to The Fortress. Looking do...
A view of The Fortress.
BETA PHOTO: A view of The Fortress.

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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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