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Reeds Leads T 
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Sacherer Cracker T 
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West Buttress (pitch 1&2) T 

La Cosita, Left 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Bob Kamps, Galen Rowell, Dan Doody, Wally Upton, July, 1962.
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Submitted By: Blitzo on Oct 24, 2006

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This climbs the flared chimney and jamcrack on the left side of La Cosita.
A 5.9 variation can be done by liebacking the flake to the left.


Pro to 2.5"

Photos of La Cosita, Left Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: more strenuous climbing if you're 5'
more strenuous climbing if you're 5'
Rock Climbing Photo: Veer right for the 5.7 version or left for the 9 f...
Veer right for the 5.7 version or left for the 9 f...
Rock Climbing Photo: Take your pic: left or right.
Take your pic: left or right.
Rock Climbing Photo: fun times
fun times
Rock Climbing Photo: N.A. chimneying la Cosita left.
N.A. chimneying la Cosita left.
Rock Climbing Photo: way fun
way fun
Rock Climbing Photo: fun chimney
fun chimney
Rock Climbing Photo: placing a little pro...
placing a little pro...
Rock Climbing Photo: fun chimneying
fun chimneying
Rock Climbing Photo: Chimney when possible up this route.
Chimney when possible up this route.

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By Colonel Mustard
From: Sacramento, CA
Mar 22, 2010

This climb is a little pebble of a boulder problem in comparison with the huge monolith it rests beneath, but it is an interesting and steep 5.7. It and La Cosita Right were very fun diversions.
By Ryan Justen
From: St. Paul, MN
May 18, 2011

Great climb, however aside from the first 10 feet this is not a hand crack as the guide book states... It's mainly a chimney as the pics show. Very FUN!
By Hoag Hoag
From: Littleton, CO
Jun 11, 2011

This one is alright but I'm a bit upset that we didn't climb La Cosita, Right instead. We only had time for one more route and the sustained finger crack that is La Cosita, Right looks like a ton of fun. Left is fun if you're in the mood for stemming and a few fun lie-back moves.
By Julius Elinson
Nov 7, 2016

Wild and fun! Eats pro the whole way -- I sewed it up. Chains + rings at the top were in great condition November 2016.
By Max Rausch
From: Monterey, California
Apr 21, 2017

An excellent warm up prior to smashing up Sacherer Cracker. While steep, it is most certainly easy with good pro the whole way. Difficult to TR without the rope wedging in a crack. Easier to belay from top, then lower out your followers.

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