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The Left Hand area is a local favorite for moderate climbing. It is just to the right of the Sun Deck area and starts with Tony's Tango. The best time for this area is summer since the corner is shaded in the afternoon. The routes either top out at the chains at the top of Left Hand Crack or those at the top of Question of Balance . The most moderate line to the chains for Left Hand Crack and other face climbs is Tony's Tango, a moderate crack. Note that the face climbs work with a 50 meter rope, but just barely so be careful and use a cordalette at the top if you have only 50 meters. Also, always tie a stopper knot in the end of the rope (you always do right?). Question Of Balance chains can be reached for top-roping by going around right, up the hill and climbing a short 5.7 bit to gain the ledge.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Left Hand:
Kindergarten Crack 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Tony's Tango 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Left Hand Crack 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch
Baby Face 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Air Conditioner 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Taylor Made 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
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Left Hand Crack 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c CO : Gunnison : ... : Left Hand
I was really surprised that no one had submitted this absolutely fabulous Harmel's classic. Left Hand Crack might just be one of the best 5.8 cracks on the Western Slope. Many people would argue that LH should be rated 5.9, some would even say 9+ but for two things; 1: Left Hand has always been rated 5.8. and 2: Left Hand has everything you need. Sure, I will grant that it is stiff for the grade but Harmel's has always been stoutly rated. And yes it is in your face crack climbing. But ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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