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Kris sending The Hobbit aka Diamond in the Rough
Downhill from The Scoop.
Left most problem on the Diamond in the Rough boulder.
By Joe Nelson
Sep 21, 2015
Where does Diamond In The Rough, aka The Hobbit problem start? There seems to be some debate and I'm wondering if someone might be able to clarify. I've seen people start with both hands low on the two shelves and kick their feet out left forcing a lock-off and press move to the first two crimps and then to the jugs. I've seen others start with one hand low on the shelf and one hand high on the crimp, making the fits move right to the jugs. The reason I ask, the high hand feels like I'm cheating the boulder and rates it more like a V4. The two low hands adds a couple moves to the problem, making the start tough, but ultimately feels more in line with a V5. I want to send the problem the right way so I want to know which way to start. Thoughts??