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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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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: Hannah Trim cruising the steep start to Columbine ...

Columbine Calling 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  Colorado : Leadville : ... : The Left Side
Begin all the way on the left side of the tiger wall (just left of an obvious, dark chimney). Spot the cam placements in the roof before leaving the ground, and then crank on hero jugs to establish above the roof. Place a couple of small but good nuts and then a small cam (new BD red X4 or BD purple C3 or equivalent) in a horizontal up to the right just before the business. Continue up the seam to the top with good gear and good holds....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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