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The Leaning Face (AKA Backscratcher) 

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

Type:  Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ 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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BETA PHOTO: Starting up the Leaning Face.


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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Leaning Face.
Leaning Face.
Getting to some of the better holds.
Getting to some of the better holds.
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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.