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The Leaning Face (AKA Backscratcher) 

YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

Type:  Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Original:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Drew Spaulding, 2008
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Drew Spaulding on Sep 4, 2009

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Getting to some of the better holds.


Start behind the large tree up the corner (gear to 3/4"). Climb 6 bolts up the impressively steep, edgy wall... 25' more feet of gear to the chains.


Bring some gear and clip 6 challenging bolts up to the 2-bolt anchor w/chains.

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By Drew Spaulding
From: Boulder, CO
Mar 12, 2013

Incredible edges up there....
By Erik Gomez
From: Leadville, CO
Apr 11, 2014

Good moves going up the step face. You only need BD Stoppers 4-9 and a #3 C4 for placing gear after the 6 bolts towards the anchor.
By nate post
From: Silverthorne
Apr 4, 2015
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

I haven't climbed to many routes in Buena Vista, but this is my favorite so far. Great edges on a steep face with a big tree to help shade you from the sun. I didn't have any gear for the top, but if you can climb everything to that point, it's a cake walk to the anchors. It can't be more than 5.7 after you pull up and off the steep face.

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