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Layback Flake 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a R

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a R [details]
Season: Sunny route
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Submitted By: John Wilder on Jul 2, 2007

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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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By Laurel Fan
Jun 27, 2011

The bolt is missing its hanger. But if you're up for leading an R route anyway you might not care.
By Bryan Hall
From: Portland, Oregon
Aug 11, 2012

A serious lead for sure. Fortunately it feels a bit easy for 5.9 until after you clip the upper bolt.
By Chris Keefe
Mar 25, 2013

I was toting both OW and the right small gear, and this felt solidly PG13. Barring that, though, I agree with the R rating.
By Tess Wendel
From: Seattle, WA
Aug 23, 2017

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 :-) ).
By Michael T.
From: Mill Creek, WA
Aug 23, 2017
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R

"Oh this looks like a good warm up!" I said.
"Look it has a bolt" I said.
"I can probably get some gear in behind the flake" I said.
Turns out you can't... Luckily the climbing down low is pretty easy, and you can escape right to the tree stump after the bolt instead of going straight up.

Cool flake though.

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