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Left Handed Jew 

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

Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Unknown
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Submitted By: Tyler Jones on Feb 4, 2001

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This is a great warm-up route! The first thirty feet is perfect handjams. After that, either cross over to the left into a large 5.7ish crack or continue straight up in a thin, but fun, crack. Finish over the bulge at about 65 feet up.


Use pro up to 3", however #1 and 2 BD Camalots are very helpful. If you want to top rope, hike around to the top and rap a big sling around a boulder.

Photos of Left Handed Jew Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Fun in the snow!
Fun in the snow!
Rock Climbing Photo: Mike on Left Handed Jew.
Mike on Left Handed Jew.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ross Downer leading LHJ.
Ross Downer leading LHJ.
Rock Climbing Photo: Classic crack.
Classic crack.
Rock Climbing Photo: Starting the climb.
Starting the climb.
Rock Climbing Photo: Nate on TR.
Nate on TR.
Rock Climbing Photo: Racking up for the Jew.
Racking up for the Jew.
Rock Climbing Photo: Unknown climber cruising "Left Handed Jew&quo...
Unknown climber cruising "Left Handed Jew&quo...
Rock Climbing Photo: Nice ledge.
Nice ledge.
Rock Climbing Photo: Yet further.
Yet further.
Rock Climbing Photo: Farther up.
Farther up.
Rock Climbing Photo: Me leading.
Me leading.
Rock Climbing Photo: The direct finish. Gear was better than expected. ...
The direct finish. Gear was better than expected. ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Perfect jams and much more consistent jamming than...
Perfect jams and much more consistent jamming than...
Rock Climbing Photo: Ross through the traverse, onward and upward!
Ross through the traverse, onward and upward!
Rock Climbing Photo: Easy warm-up; low angle.
Easy warm-up; low angle.
Rock Climbing Photo: Getting off the ledge.
Getting off the ledge.
Rock Climbing Photo: Unknown soloist on Left Handed Jew.
Unknown soloist on Left Handed Jew.
Rock Climbing Photo: In the wide section, nice ledge for the right foot...
In the wide section, nice ledge for the right foot...
Rock Climbing Photo: Fun.
Rock Climbing Photo: Me leading the route.
Me leading the route.

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By Anonymous Coward
Jan 1, 2001

R.T.C.P. - This route is a spectacular introduction to crack climbing. The gear is bomber and the line is very obvious. It is also a good idea to place a piece up high before the committing move left into the final crack. CLASSIC
By Anonymous Coward
Mar 5, 2002

First crack climb I've done outside. Also the first time leading a crack climb. Excellent climb with a commiting move to get to the upper crack. It was fun (and tiring). But it's well worth it.
By Dan Battin
Nov 18, 2003
rating: 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c

One of the best cracks at this level. Great biginer lead, just make sure to protect the crux at the traverse into the second crack well.
By Larry Shaw
Jun 2, 2004
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Good stuff...tape up.
By Paul Sampson
Jul 28, 2004
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

A great, easy, warm-up climb!
Apr 25, 2005

5.7 may be a little soft compaired to other routes of similar grades in the S. Platte (Classic Dihedral on Bucksnort, Slimey Slit on Squat Rock). I really doubt it's 5.8 (Gobble Up is signifcantly more difficult). Great climb none the less. Perfect hands up to a balance traverse left on good feet and a fun pull to restablish into the crack above. Just good fun.
By Tim Judkins
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jul 24, 2005
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Great climb. There are placements for smaller (0.5 to 1.0 Camalots) above the crux, but they're sorta hidden on the right of the 10' offwidth stuff. Don't puss out (and flee to Honky Tonk like I did) because of this apparent lack of pro. Pulling the crux was hard 5.7, especially if you're not confident with your fists.
By Buff Johnson
Jan 20, 2006
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

The start dihedral has perfect fingers to hands, then to fingers, then to hands; great to practice hand & foot motion.

Also, another variant is to fly straight up out of the dihedral to finish on a slab - very committing, the holds are there, the fall is clean, and the slab angle backs off once you grab the proper holds. In this variant, a smaller alien can be used in the finish of the dihedral as you would not need to worry about rope drag as you would on the short left traverse.

Webbing and/or long slings to use (girth hitched) with two opposed boulder constrictions for the belay (both constrictions were solid). Big fat ass ledge to kick back on and take a drink, it does get hot on that rock.

Also, available for your climbing pleasure is a walk-off!
By DavidHH
From: Parker, Colorado
Jun 12, 2006
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Great Route! I don't really feel like this route is 5.8 when compared to Gobble Up or Ragger Bagger.
By rob bauer
From: Golden, CO
Oct 31, 2007

Out of curiosity, what the consensus rating going straight up above the overlap onto the face? (I thought vaguely committing 5.9+)
By colin tuck
From: Moab
May 19, 2008

Did this climb shortly after sunset. Moving out of the handcrack at the top is tricky in the dark. traversing to the top of HJAC requires a few little smeary moves that were impossible to see. However, I would only call it 5.8 in the dark. Fun!
By Rick Blair
From: Denver
Jun 21, 2009
rating: 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c

The crux is truly comparable to other 5.8s I have done, so I feel the rating is fair. Big committing moves to get over reminiscent of bouldering but you can slide a cam in above the crux and put yourself on TR... so go for it. I climbed while it was a little damp, so I had to lean waaaay back to get feet.
By Mike Wallace
From: Summit County, CO
Sep 13, 2010

Linking the jams, feeling the flow. This crack is fun.
By Jim Parker
From: Lafayette, CO
Jul 7, 2011

SO good! Pulling the thin crack above (If you don't go left) feels 5.9ish and runout on the slab above. Worth doing on toprope if you go for the original finish.
By PhillR
Nov 24, 2012
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Really fun crack that everyone should do. You can set a top rope by scrambling far right and up. There are a few boulders to sling that are super safe. Also, the greatest hand jams imaginable for the grade.
By Deke Doty
From: Fort Collins, Colorado
Nov 3, 2013

Perfect hands! I climbed it for twenty years before I was shown by old local badasses, that the original line goes straight up the bulge. My ol' guidebook didn't have this info. Also didn't have "Cold Turkey." Is it any good, or is it as granular as it looks?
By Jordan Hirro
From: Colorado Springs/Carbondale
Nov 18, 2013

My favorite route for the grade by faarrr here. Perfect everything. I like how it gets smaller and smaller on ya. I worked out left before the mini-roof back to the .7, and it made it way fun. Must do. Bring 0.5-2 (a 3 if you're uncomfortable finishing up the neighboring .7).
By William Thiry
From: Lakewood, CO
May 19, 2014
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Better than a warm-up. For climbers at the grade, this is the main event at the crag. Wonderful climb.
By Dave Carey
From: Morrison, CO
Aug 9, 2014
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Surprised this is a 5.8 on MP. Compared to any other 5.8 I've done, this one goes pretty easy. Best crack climb I have done yet though (in my 5.7 - 5.9 crack grade). A repeater for sure.
By Peter Hoburg
From: Park City
Jul 20, 2015
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

First real crack climb I have done. Every jam was super solid even when it started raining halfway up our second burn. Really good route to practice placing gear and crack technique on.
By Ryan-T
From: Edgewater, CO
Sep 17, 2015
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Great route! We top roped it a few times and then lead it. I found it easy to protect. In true cowardly fashion, I used my new 5, but it was probably not worth the weight! Definitely a good stepping stone for the budding trad leader!

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