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Twin Cracks Left 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

   
Type:  Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 85'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Richard Rossiter and Pebby Johns, August 2006
New Route: Yes
Season: All
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Submitted By: Richard Rossiter on Aug 18, 2006

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Description 

Twin Cracks Left (and Twin Cracks Right) begins with the first half of Twin Peaks and goes left into a separate crack system at the undercling (where the other goes right). The crux is somewhere along the crack (you decide). The crack itself is solid rock, mostly hands and fingers. Recommend: skip the bolt just beneath the undercling and place pro out left (where you are going anyway).

Location 

This route begins with Twin Peaks and branches left at the undercling.

Protection 

QDs for 3 bolts plus gear up to 3 inches. Climb to a great ledge at the top of the crack. There is no fixed anchor, but two finger-sized cracks 4 feet above the ledge provide excellent gear anchors. Belay up your partner and walk off...or rappel 100 feet from a tree just south of the belay ledge. This tree has no slings and rings at time of writing.


Photos of Twin Cracks Left Slideshow Add Photo
Closeup of routes on the left side of The Watermar...
BETA PHOTO: Closeup of routes on the left side of The Watermar...
RR coming back up the crack after 4 hours of truly...
RR coming back up the crack after 4 hours of truly...
Peter Dillon working up the crack.
Peter Dillon working up the crack.
Routes on the left side of The Watermark.
BETA PHOTO: Routes on the left side of The Watermark.
Loose section...be careful.
BETA PHOTO: Loose section...be careful.

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By Ron Olsen
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 2, 2006
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Longer and more varied than Twin Cracks Right. My partner clipped the bolt below the undercling with a long runner before moving left. Fun moves up the crack and arete. Near the top of the crack, he angled right to the anchor on Twin Peaks and lowered from there. I followed and cleaned the pitch. I think many people will do the climb this way instead of continuing up to the ledge and building a gear anchor.
By percious
From: Bear Creek, CO
May 31, 2008
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

Clipping the 3 bolts is not required for this climb. A yellow and blue Metolius as well as a large (3 or 4) sized cam protect the lower section.
By Eric Klammer
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 3, 2013
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Surprisingly good! Crack is all but invisible from the ground but magically appears once you reach the undercling. Super solid jams and pretty clean rock. Do it!