Type: Trad, 90 ft (27 m)
FA: Ray Jardine, 1973?
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Shared By: s levin on Aug 28, 2001 · Updates
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The Left Tube is about as impossible-looking as 5.10 can get. While it is a bit of a struggle for those without the requisite mental deficiencies required of the genre, this exercise in wide crack climbing is worthy of your attention. With that said, feel free to just walk past it and continue on to Grand Traverse or Captain Nemo for some fun climbing...

Located on the far side of the Nautilus from the parking lot, this climb is the left of the two end cracks, an obvious, flared, bottomless monstrosity rising above the cute little subalpine wildflowers.

The beta: set good gear, believe in yourself, and go for it. Focus on knee-heel bars to overcome the bulge; above that the climbing eases, though many will find it strenuous to the top. Look around for anchors on top, they are not obvious. To descend climb boulders up to the climbers left to get to the anchors atop Middle Parallel Space- one rope off.

I would recommend against wearing shorts and a t-shirt on this one. I would also recommend against staring at this for too long before roping up and climbing it.


Larger pieces, include a #4 Camalot, long slings (one placement is deep in there before the crack pinches), kneepads, tape, and high top climbing shoes. Additional body armor is optional.

Per A-W: there is now a fixed, bolted anchor above.