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Beginner's Blessing T,TR 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
End Route TR 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Layback T,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Pine Tree T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Tom’s Dilemma T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Type: Trad, 35 ft
FA: Tom Rhimarki, 1966-7
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Shared By: Steve Marr on Jan 12, 2007
Admins: Joe M., Old Timer

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Dilemma is located in the center of the crag, about five feet right of a pronounced corner (Layback, 5.6).

Climb the crack to a point where it widens slightly about halfway up and just below a short, left-facing corner. The crux is passing this wider section and gaining the dihedral above. Look for some great holds on the face to the left. Climb the dihedral to the top and anchor using the trees.

Walk off left, and follow the gully back to the base of the wall.

This is a fun route that is more difficult than it looks.


Light rack, up to medium-sized gear.


Robert Hall
North Conway, NH
Robert Hall   North Conway, NH  
Just a bit of historical info. on what the "dilemma" was.... On the FA (circa 1966-67, i.e. deep in the pre-Nut, pre-Cam era), Tom Rhimarki (spelling?) dropped his piton hammer just below the crux. He pulled through in "R/X" territory, essentially free soloing the FA.

As for the grade...5.5 is definitely "old school", from the days when Whitehorse's "brown spot and boiler plate" was rated 5.4. (AND before the bolt was placed there!) In his 1975 guide, Sam Streibert called it 5.6. Oct 28, 2014

Successfully led this climb. It was nice and dry, and I was feeling more confident. I would consider it higher than 5.5. Maybe not quite a 5.7 by Crow Hill standards (easier than Post Road), so I would have to go with 5.6. Aug 18, 2014
This really climbs like a 5.7. I can see some old school guys in the '50s calling it a 5.5... but man, forget it. And leading it? Yikes, I tried! Jun 23, 2014
Worcester, MA
JD1984   Worcester, MA
Also thought it was closer to 5.7.... The crux was wet though. May 12, 2014
Pete Johnston
Irvine, California
Pete Johnston   Irvine, California
Very hard for 5.5, closer to 5.7 to me. Sep 6, 2009