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Backbone - 5.6

Average Rating = 4.00/5 Average Rating : 4.00 out of 5
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Rock (Trad)
Bouldery, bring a couple large slings. Set of nuts will do it but better if can bring larger nuts and maybe a larger cam or two.
Consensus Ratings
  Difficulty 5.7
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure 3.00/5
  Rock Quality 3.00/5
  Scenery 5.00/5
  Fun Factor 5.00/5


Follow directions for Ford Mountain Bluffs to get to main talus field. On entering field from east look immediately up (north) at the east-most (climber's right) edge of the main wall which protrudes towards you.Start on that protruding area and head up and slightly to the west following the curvature of that east-most edge of the bluff. Many different lines could be taken. Lots of variety in rock structure on way up. Lots of boulder-type situations. Mostly very easy low 5 climbing and scrambling. In one place two thirds up there's a great little boulder on the left with a sloping slab of a front with crimpy holds and a finger crack that can be used to continue on up. Trees form belay anchors at convenient points along the route and the top pitch is a low 5 scramble into sloping forest. One could rap back down on trees. We continued up the mountain for maybe 25 min veering west a little and easily hit the hiking trail that runs along the whole ridge of the mountain. This trail is just a few min down over the other side of the top of the mountain and can be hiked to its end in half an hour for a stunning almost 360 view of all surrounding mountain ranges. Hike back down this trail to arrive at the road you parked at to get to climbing area.

Descent Options:

Rap back down same way off trees or hike up to trail that leads up to top and down to road.

Submitted by: danclegg on 2012-10-13
Last Modified: 2012-10-15
Views: 429
Route ID: 112758

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  Difficulty 5.7
  Safety Rating G
  Rock Quality
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: danclegg on 2012-09-08 (View Climbing Log)

4 out of 5 stars trying it out

Easy climbing, fun hike up to top of mountain afterwards.

Added: 2012-10-13