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Shared By: Steve Marr on Sep 15, 2006
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Harder Than it Looks is located approximately 10 feet left of Mark of the Beast. Follow a line of four bolts (the first one was hard to see from the ground, I was right on top of it before I knew it was there) up the center of the slab, basically paralleling the first pitch of Mark of the Beast. Once again there is no real crux, just fun climbing in the 5.6 realm throughout. Rappel the route with a pair of ropes.


Four or five quickdraws and something for the anchor (two bolts with rap links).


I think there is a short second pitch to this as well. If I remember correctly I saw it from the rap station on Mark of the Beast one route over. May 30, 2007
ben bryan
Wichita Falls, TX
ben bryan   Wichita Falls, TX
There are three pitches to this route. The second goes up and over the flake and is protected by several quick draws that lead to a two bolt anchor. The third pitch is unprotected low angle slab that leads to a pair of anchor bolts. Oct 28, 2009
Stan Jones
Benbrook, TX
Stan Jones   Benbrook, TX
There are no bolts at the top of P3. See the description of Easier Than It Looks - it shares P2 and P3 with HTIL. Nov 2, 2009
Zach Wahrer
Bozeman, MT
  5.6 R
Zach Wahrer   Bozeman, MT  
  5.6 R
Ben, I don't know what route you were on (perhaps Mark of the Beast?), but there are no bolts on P2 of this route. Its just runout to the next set of anchors. Sep 19, 2010
Great first lead. Fun solos abound here. Mark of the beast follows up the right edge, just left of Boston...both good solos. Dome Drivers is just right of Boston, another classic.

At the top of Harder than it Looks, you can move right and up the crevice, and top out on Dome Drivers. There are plenty of bolts up top there. May 6, 2013
Curly Zach
  5.6 R
Curly Zach  
  5.6 R
P1: 4 bolts that are very hard to see until you are on them. 2 bolt anchor 7 o'clock of Fat Man Flake

P2: Climb Fat Man Flake, no bolts until anchors, about 60 feet up.

P3: No bolts, 100 or so feet of climbing (30ft of 5.6, then 70ish feet of 5.3) to overlapping rock in which to build a natural anchor.

Did this on V-day with my wife, lots of fun to top out and walk off.

The crux is finding the bolts from the ground on the first pitch. Just fun friction throughout! Feb 17, 2014
Kelly Gilliland
Dallas, Texas
Kelly Gilliland   Dallas, Texas
great route, 1P, cannot be lowered with a 70 meter rope. Jul 15, 2014
Heidi Riley
Santa Fe, NM
Heidi Riley   Santa Fe, NM
70 meter rope rap can get you to the large block to the left of the climb. from there, you can use the gap between the block and the actual wall to stabilize you as you downclimb. Dec 1, 2014
Had a group of noobies on 4/8/2016. The routes were dry, thankfully, with great weather.
Good top rope problem for beginners, and good practice with a longer climb with the option to top out on the dome.

Long rap from P1. The following link is a good technique for a long rap with a short rope.

Enjoy. GGS Apr 11, 2016
David Liu
David Liu  
Bolts are hard to see especially if you are there right as the sun wraps around the dome in the afternoon. Okay route, eases up after 3rd or so bolt, easy finish at rap station. Can easily rap with double 50m ropes with maybe 3m-5m or rope to spare from the initial station, otherwise you'll need to rap twice. Dec 11, 2017