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Harder Than It Looks 

YDS: 5.9- French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 16 British: HVS 4c

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
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Submitted By: kevin fox on Aug 15, 2010

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Kelley through the undercling crux.

Description 

The crux comes off the third bolt, but it is not that hard. Stewart Green's new guidebook calls it 10a. No way is it 10a. Give it a go!


Location 

This route is left of Stories for Boys.

Per L G: Near the right side of a big, slabby face. Look for three bolts pointing up to a left-facing dihedral below chains.


Protection 

4 bolts to a 2 bolt anchor. You can supplement a small cam in between the third and fourth bolt.



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By L G
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 6, 2010

Near the right side of a big, slabby face. Look for three bolts pointing up to a left-facing dihedral below chains.

By jeff bryan
From: Cortez, co
May 1, 2011

I would say 5.8. Fun, little route.

By Rich F.
From: Colorado Springs, CO
May 27, 2011
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

I thought this was a fun climb. The crux was definitely the undercling section. Although the route is well bolted, I also protected the crack above the undercling with a small #0.75 cam -- but the climbing there is pretty easy and the cam is not really needed. Fun climb!

By Maverick1
Sep 24, 2013

Nicer route if you go up the face while in the undercling instead of going up the crack.

By Rob Davies UK
From: Cheshire, UK
Oct 16, 2013
rating: 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b

We couldn't see how to do the undercling manoeuvre (excessively weak arms?), so ended up having to climb the face to the left by the bolt - a couple of UK 5c moves.