Type: Trad, Alpine, 1200 ft (364 m), 12 pitches, Grade V
FA: FFA: Brooke Sandahl, 1991. FFA, current variation: Mikey Schaefer, Shanjean Lee, Blake Herrington & Nathan Hadley, 2017.
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Shared By: Nathan Hadley on Sep 3, 2017 · Updates
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Access Issue: Seasonal Raptor Closure at Newhalem Crags March 1st to mid-July Details


Liberty Crack was originally freed by Brooke Sandahl in 1991. Mikey Schaefer, Shanjean Lee, Blake Herrington and I somewhat collectively created a new free variation to the bolt ladder. Brooke originally climbed the bolt ladder directly, but this has since seemed to have crumbled under years of aiding. Needless-to-say, the route's new free beta has finally settled, and a handful have sent as follows. Props for to Brooke being well ahead of his time. Some strong climbers in his day supposedly tried this thing and couldn't do it, and it stood unrepeated for over 20 years!

P1: 11-, same as original.

P2: Lithuanian Lip, 13b (my suggestion). Fun 11- climbing in a corner leads to a scrunchy and powerful traverse to finger locks above the lip. Lock it in, high step to the lip, grit your teeth and stab to a good lock. Keep it together on 12- moves to a small stance below the bolt ladder. Use a triple length sling to make a belay out of a high and low bolt.

P3: The new free variation of the slab pitch, which differs from how Brooke Sandahl originally freed it (up the bolt ladder, which now seems blank), moves right before the bolt ladder. Clip the higher belay bolt, move right across sloping ledges, mantel, and execute cruxy foot step ups. Move back left under a hand rail feature to the belay above the bolt ladder. 5.12.

P4: same as original P3. 11+, with a thin crux before reaching the small roof.


Single rack from purple c3 to #3 BD, with a few extra in the tips to fingers size, maybe red c3 to .4 BD, and stoppers. 8 trad draws and 1 triple length sling for slab pitch belay. All belays are fixed.