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The Layback  

YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV ZA: 10 British: VD 3c

Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'
Original:  YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV ZA: 10 British: VD 3c [details]
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Submitted By: James on Jan 28, 2009

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Climb the offwidth crack to the right of Broken Boulders. Guide book says 5.4 if you jam your left leg in the crack, 5.7 if done as a pure layback. I have climbed approximately 60 routes at Devil's Lake so I know the ratings are stiff here, but this route is in the running for one of the hardest 5.4's on the planet. I will go back and lead it before passing final judgement.


The route is just to the right of Broken Boulders. Coming in from the west walk along the base passing an outside corner (Poison Ivy 5.5). Here the base becomes a ledge, walk along this slightly exposed ledge to the next outside corner (5.7 corner). Pass Broken Boulders and look for the offwidth crack to the right. Walk off to the left, head left and down before you reach the Monster Wall.


Light rack on the bigger side. I have not lead this one yet.

Photos of The Layback Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Layback is to the right of the green rope.
BETA PHOTO: Layback is to the right of the green rope.
Rock Climbing Photo: Keller leading "The Layback".
Keller leading "The Layback".
Rock Climbing Photo: DT on the lay back- 2011
DT on the lay back- 2011

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By C. Marchbanks
From: Golden, CO
Jun 14, 2009

Though the laybacking itself isn't too hard, the bottom of the crack was extremely greasy when I climbed it (6/14/09) making the moves at the bottom a lot harder.
By Andy Hansen
From: Longmont, Colorado
May 27, 2011

What does this thing go at if only pure off-width technique is used? Probably pretty burly.
By Juggler
Jun 12, 2011

Much harder that a 5.7 at the bottom due to greasy footings
By Tradiban
Aug 20, 2011
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

In Sven's book he notes that this is 5.4 if you jam your left leg in the crack, which doesn't make much sense. It also says it's 5.7 if purely laybacked. I would just call it 5.7

This can take a #4, #5 AND a #6 C4 if you feel like placing it.
By Ryan Fritsch
Jun 22, 2012

Midway through this climb I got my knee stuck for a few sec. Definitely not my proudest moment, but i got it out by myself with only 2 large bruises.
By Cals Chers
From: Albuquerque, NM
Jul 29, 2013

I'm not sure if it still counts, but I used the finger crack on the left, inside the off-width. It made the route much more enjoyable and still difficult enough.

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