|Lower Blair III
This surprising OW has many things that make the name fitting. It is hard to believe this was freed in 1964. It is hard to believe it doesn't get way more attention, and it is hard to believe it is rated 5.10. This awesome OW is located on the huge block at the top of Moby Dick on Blair 2. You can't miss it.
It gets your attention right off the bat and holds it until you are standing on top. From the ground, it looks like it will have a lot of hands...it does not. It is fists and bigger the whole way. This is a fantastic OW testpiece. It has everything to make an OW hard: it doglegs and changes sizes the whole way making it very difficult to get into a rhythm. It also is surprisingly rest-free. If I got the FA, I would give it .11b. This route is very sustained. For those aspiring to become OW pros, this is a must do. It is harder than October Light, or Left Torpedo Tube, but easier than Worm Drive.
#3.5 Camalots and bigger.
The climb is on the NW side of Blair III.
From: Loveland, Colorado
Sep 7, 2011
Handsome: Iím glad you climbed Hard to Believe. As far as I know, you may have done the first ascent. In June of 1996, I attempted the climb assuming it was 10b as I had been told. In those days, I felt I could have gotten up any one-pitch 11a even if it involved some hanging. However, I got nowhere. Afterwards, I asked some strong climbers to try it. They said they would, but never got around to it. In Rock Climbing at Vedauwoo, I gave it a tentative 10d rating (it sure wasnít 10b) and thought that before the book went to print, Iíd get a good estimate from someone who climbed it. Didnít happen. I was sorry that I let this slip by and should have stated in the book that I didnít know of anyone who free climbed the route. In doing the research for the book, I spoke to Dave Rearick (first ascent of the Longs Peak Diamond) who was sitting on top of the rock in 1964 as the supposed FA party arrived at top. The name is due to him. Has anyone else out there climbed the route? If so, letís hear from you.
Edit: 17 Sept. 2012: Oops. The climb is on the NW side of Blair III.