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Hesitation Blues

5.6, Trad, 125 ft (38 m),  Avg: 2.8 from 67 votes
FA: Johnson, Olin, 1980's
Idaho > S Idaho > City of Rocks > Rabbit Rock > Rabbit Rock - Northeast
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Go to the east side of Rabbit Rock and hike down to the large boulder at the base of the wall. There is a significant drop off at the end of the boulder. This is where Hesitation Blues begins. Climb the crack with large face holds to the top of the formation.


This route eats cams, especially in the fingers to hands sizes. A great lead for a beginning climber. Gear to 3".


Bolted anchors sit 20 feet to the right of the route to rappel off. A double rope rappel or 70M rope will get you off the top.

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Looking down on the cool belay stance in the boulder corridor
[Hide Photo] Looking down on the cool belay stance in the boulder corridor
Dallin Baker - cold october climbing
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Looking up Hesitation Blues from the start.
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Bobby Hanson
Spokane, WA
[Hide Comment] Large cams are nice for the anchor. #3 and #3.5 Camalots. Jul 12, 2009
[Hide Comment] Perfect beginner lead as stated. Easier and more straight forward than Norma's Book imo. Plus, all trad leaders should be building anchors. Much more fun than clipping chains. rant rant Jun 8, 2011
[Hide Comment] Definetly approach North not South around the Rabbit Tail. Fun easy lead. Scary exposed walk off, use the chains 25 feet right of the top. Mar 25, 2012
Chris and Freda
Reno, NV
[Hide Comment] Fun route! As a beginning climber/trad leader, I think the near-vertical first half is not the best place to learn how to trad lead - routes such as Good Times and Pure Pleasure are a better introduction. As noted, come in from the north, and it is easiest along the base of Buzzard Perch (east side of the boulders between Buzzard Perch and Rabbit Rock). Sep 14, 2014
[Hide Comment] FYI, the Bingham guide book draws the climbing line on the wrong crack. Do not choose the crack with the moss in it, unless you want to purposely spice up your trad lead. Jul 7, 2019