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Harder Than it Looks 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
FA: Jim Blanford
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Submitted 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).

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Rock Climbing Photo: Therese working her way up the route.
Therese working her way up the route.
Rock Climbing Photo: Flexing on harder than it looks
Flexing on harder than it looks
Rock Climbing Photo: Ascending to the pitch
Ascending to the pitch

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By CalebSimpson
May 30, 2007

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.
By ben bryan
From: Wichita Falls, TX
Oct 28, 2009

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.
By Stan Jones
From: Benbrook, TX
Nov 2, 2009
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

There are no bolts at the top of P3. See the description of Easier Than It Looks - it shares P2 and P3 with HTIL.
By Zach Wahrer
From: Bozeman, MT
Sep 19, 2010
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b 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.
By Doug Meneke
May 6, 2013

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.
By Curly Zach
Feb 17, 2014
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b 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!
By Kelly Gilliland
From: Dallas, Texas
Jul 15, 2014

great route, 1P, cannot be lowered with a 70 meter rope.
By Heidi Riley
From: Santa Fe, NM
Dec 1, 2014

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.
By ggstart
Apr 11, 2016

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

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