i would definitely recommend it for a beginner aid climber, not a beginner all around climber, the awkwardness, power involved and the ease of protection make it a great lead. Not to mention the dryness and situation. Hard to beat for a sheltered spot. Certainly ANY vertical crack is a good choice for your first gear lead, but molson/direct is fun. Toothless grin is another fantastic overhanging awkward strength fest, but with gear.