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Left Out (aka Lost Crack) 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 125'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Kimball and Rusty George, 1984
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Submitted By: Eli Helmuth on Apr 25, 2006

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J. Bradbury at the upper crux of Left Out.

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This is the right one of two crack routes on the pretty slab just left (west) of the entrance to the Renaissance Wall Canyon on what is known as the "East Face of the Left Book". Climb the obvious crack through a small overlap and stay in the crack until it ends, then step right into the dihedral which is a bit dirty and takes one to the top of the slab.


Rappel from the anchor at the top of the 80' pitch or if you take this pitch up for almost 50 meters, heading left to a large ledge, you can rappel or traverse east to descend. The crack starts off a small ledge above a small slab on the opposite side of the tight canyon and a little downhill (100' distance) from another classic Kimball route, "The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing, done in '79."


Full range of nuts and cams to 3". There is a pro and 1 bolt anchor at the top of the first 80' from the route, "Shinbuster" which joins Left Out at this point. You can also bypass this anchor and climb up and left for another 40' of quality climbing to the top of a large ledge system which can be traversed south into the Bookmark Pinnacle chimney.

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By jason seaver
From: Estes Park, CO
Jun 7, 2006

This route is called Left Out - 5.9 Scott Kimball and Rusty George, 1984. It is located on the east face of the Left Book, as well as on page 91 of the Gillett book.
By Eli Helmuth
From: Ciales, PR
Jun 7, 2006

Thanks, Jason, for watching my back. I believe you're right and if I hadn't pulled out more than a few bushes and scraped off a bushel of lichen I would have believed that it had been climbed previously, thus the "lost crack"...

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