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Hard to Believe 

YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10c/d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b [details]
FA: Rick Horn, 1964
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Submitted By: Handsome B. Wonderful on May 6, 2011

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Hard to believe this route isn't more popular.

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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 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.

Photos of Hard to Believe Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Halfway through.
Halfway through.
Rock Climbing Photo: Shot including surrounding rocks.
Shot including surrounding rocks.
Rock Climbing Photo: Start of the second section after the offwidth to ...
Start of the second section after the offwidth to ...
Rock Climbing Photo: The classic final move of an offwidth.
The classic final move of an offwidth.

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By rob.calm
From: Loveland, Colorado
Sep 7, 2011

Handsome: I’m 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 wasn’t 10b) and thought that before the book went to print, I’d get a good estimate from someone who climbed it. Didn’t happen. I was sorry that I let this slip by and should have stated in the book that I didn’t 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, let’s hear from you.


Edit: 17 Sept. 2012: Oops. The climb is on the NW side of Blair III.
By Richard Smith
Jul 20, 2015

Any approach beta that doesn't involve making the leap of faith across that chimney would be much appreciated

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