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A Dare by the Sea 

YDS: 5.10b/c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b PG13

Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10b/c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Jim Adair
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Submitted By: nickv on Feb 26, 2008

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A Dare by the Sea


Steep face moves to a 10ft finger to thin hand crack, face holds lead to top.


Far left side of the wonder wall (facing the ocean)


There is no pro after the crack. Nuts and small cams with protect before that.
Fixed anchor on top.

Photos of A Dare by the Sea Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Past the crux and having a ton of fun!
Past the crux and having a ton of fun!
Rock Climbing Photo: Jim Adair.
Jim Adair.
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing A Dare.
Climbing A Dare.

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By Blake Cash
Mar 2, 2008

true there is no gear after the crack...but the climbing eases off to 5.8. there is some good gear placing beta that makes the climbing much easier.
By Matt Swartz
From: Los Angeles, CA
Apr 28, 2009

One of the best climbs at Otter, do it.
By Mark Cushman
From: Cumming, GA
Jul 12, 2009

Spent two days climbing in Acadia on my vacation and this was by far the best climb here. We just TR'd lines at Otter, but it was fun and scenic and this route was the cherry on top. Great movement, just wish it was twice as long!
By adam wibby
Aug 17, 2009

I snaked a nut in the wall after the crux half way to the top, in a right facing crack to the right of a block, but it was more to be an ass to my second... mwa ha ha
By chris magness
Nov 11, 2012

There is a bomber stopper placement after the crack and more gear if you look for it. Although it is a little run out at the start on moderate ground, the protection on this route is excellent as is the climbing. With some creativity, the protection rating is closer to "G".
By JayMorse
From: Hooksett, New Hampshire
Oct 2, 2013

Don't miss this one! One of the best climbs I've ever done.
By Peter Lewis
From: Bridgton, Maine
Aug 18, 2014
rating: 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13

Onsighted this in 1983 wearing EBs and dragging straight-sided stoppers and hexes. Toproped it about 25 years later and had to hang once. Jeepers!!!!!! Still plenty fit in middle-age (perhaps even fitter), but forgot how to use my feet (as if there are any feet at the crux). One of the best routes in Acadia!
By John Gassel
From: Boston, MA
Jul 7, 2015
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

One of my favorites at this cliff and a great climb to lead. It protects well compared to others at Otter. The crux takes great gear and for those concerned about the top you can get a solid nut in after the crux from a decent rest as Chris pointed out. It felt G to PG to me.

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