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Backbone East

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And Then She Fell TR 
Cole's Calamity T,TR 
Compound Fracture TR 
Fat Man's Crack T,TR 
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Herniated Disk T,TR 
Slimer T,TR 
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Backbone East Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Ash Burton on Nov 10, 2010
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BETA PHOTO: What felt like a mid 10 on backbone east.


The East side of the "bone" is scrubbier, more adventurous climbing. If you like sketchy crack climbs and chimneys check out the climbs on this side.

Getting There 

Follow park road East up to the pull out at the Backbone trail head. Walk South to a crude stairway. Head down to access the cliff base.

Climbing Season

For the All Locations area.

Weather station 5.2 miles from here

10 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Backbone East

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Backbone East:
Herniated Disk   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Herniated Disk

Herniated Disk 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  Iowa : Backbone State Park : ... : Backbone East
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By Gokul
Jul 20, 2014
Can we get a better description of the approach? How far down the backbone trail before turning into the "crude stairway", and then what? There are multiple crude stairways going down from the top of the ridge. I spent about an hour today looking for climbs on the east and west side, with no luck.

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