Type: Trad, 80 ft
FA: unknown
Page Views: 259 total · 6/month
Shared By: dmPete on Jun 15, 2015
Admins: Nate Ball, Micah Klesick

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A difficult opening move gives way to a relaxed, wide crack. Half way up the route, take a sit down rest, then launch into the bolted face climb. The first two thirds of this bolted section climb a fantastic line of crimps and jugs through a shallow overhang. Once you've pulled the lip, though, "Lies and Deception" earns its grade...and name...easily with a short but thin and technical finish on a surprisingly bald face. Enjoy the whip!

Stellar movement, satisfying holds, and great bolt placement make this route another fantastic Area 51 climb!


In Pod #1, just left of Alien Observer, in the right hand side of the hollow where the "Wormhole" crack line is. Look for a very low first bolt (probably clippable from your tip toes if you're tall).


Cams protect the 5.9/10a crack for the first half of the route (up to 3"). Eight quick draws and bolted anchor (including the very low starting bolt).


Incredibly fun route! Feels like the 11c-level version of its stellar neighbor to the right, "Alien Observer." The jugs in the roof are so satisfying, and the crimpy face climbing below is fantastic too! A great introduction to the grade!

The lower half can be nicely protected with .4", 1" and 2" BD cams.

I found the face following the last bolt to be a distinct crux...but finding the right hidden holds (as usual at Area 51) make all the difference. The last face isn't that bad once you find them! Jun 15, 2015