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The Fortress Rock Climbing 


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Location: 38.7663, -119.84706 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Rick D on Apr 3, 2009
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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 Climbing 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',9],['5.10',10],['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]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Fortress

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing 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
Inside/Out   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 140'   2 - Wood Hood
Sun Wall Right   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 100'   8 - Sun Wall Area
I Be Jammin'   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   4 - Second Alcove
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
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
Sun Wall Left   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch   8 - Sun Wall Area
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
Rock Climbing Photo: An amazing route.

Arrowhead 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : 3 - Donnie G
This fine pitch shares a start with Whisker Biscuit. Follow the thin hands crack to the "stalactite". Move left, where underclings turn to hand jams. Continue jamming until the crack ends, clip a bolt, and move left again along a seam-like feature to gain another crack system. Follow the crack up to the anchor....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of The Fortress Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: A special place. Not an exhaustive topo by any str...
BETA PHOTO: A special place. Not an exhaustive topo by any str...
Rock Climbing Photo: This shows the hike up to The Fortress in the midd...
BETA PHOTO: This shows the hike up to The Fortress in the midd...
Rock Climbing Photo: A view of the approach to The Fortress. Looking do...
BETA PHOTO: A view of the approach to The Fortress. Looking do...
Rock Climbing Photo: A view of The Fortress.
BETA PHOTO: A view of The Fortress.
Rock Climbing Photo: Kenny strolling up the ultra-classic Walking Jack.
Kenny strolling up the ultra-classic Walking Jack.

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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: La Mesa, CA
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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