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Layback Flake

5.9 R, Trad, 60 ft,  Avg: 2.4 from 55 votes
FA: unknown
International > N America > Canada > British Columbia > Squamish > Smoke Bluffs > Neat & Cool
Access Issue: Illegal Camping Details


The left side of the obvious flake right of the Flying Circus. A heady route with limited pro- climb the flake to the top, clip a bolt, then climb straight up to the top.


Gear (not much, a cam and a couple of nuts will do)

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Layback Flake Topo
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Lieback Flake as seen from Corner Crack
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[Hide Comment] The bolt is missing its hanger. But if you're up for leading an R route anyway you might not care. Jun 27, 2011
Bryan Hall
Portland, Oregon
[Hide Comment] A serious lead for sure. Fortunately it feels a bit easy for 5.9 until after you clip the upper bolt. Aug 11, 2012
[Hide Comment] I was toting both OW and the right small gear, and this felt solidly PG13. Barring that, though, I agree with the R rating. Mar 25, 2013
Tess Wendel
Seattle, WA
[Hide Comment] No rap rings on bolts at the top of the climb- we rapped on the blocky 5.7 route to the right. Flake is pretty cool feature but definitely a spooky lead and not sure I can recommend after following (my partner did not know about R/PG13 rating and has a better lead head :-) ). Aug 23, 2017