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The Left Side

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Blue Bells T 
Columbine Calling T 
Currant Arête  S 
Paintbrush T 
Psychedelic Bowling T 
Thistle Crack T 

The Left Side Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Christopher Barlow on Sep 23, 2014
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BETA PHOTO: The Left Side, accurate as of Sept. 2014.


The Left Side is the lower-angle cliff on, not surprisingly, the left side of Tiger Cliff. It has two prominent cracks splitting the face and a large, dark corner on the left. This wall has the most moderate climbs at Tiger Cliff.

Getting There 

Walk up and left along the grass slope below Tiger Cliff to meet the wall at Thistle Crack.

Climbing Season

For the Leadville area.

Weather station 7.2 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Left Side

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Left Side:
Blue Bells   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 70'   
Thistle Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 70'   
Currant Arête    5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 60'   
Paintbrush   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 70'   
Columbine Calling   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Featured Route For The Left Side
Rock Climbing Photo: Chris Barlow just past the crux.

Currant Arête 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  Colorado : Leadville : ... : The Left Side
Currant Arete has fun climbing on great rock up the left arête of the aptly named Left Side Wall. The route is thin in a couple spots but is well-protected with 6 bolts. Stay on or just climber's right of the arête through a mix of face climbing and laybacking. The crux is at 40' up, pulling up to and through a small bulge....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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