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Owl's Head Cliff (Oliverian Notch)
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E8 or Leading cause  T 
E9 or Leading Cause variation right side. T 
Energizer E10 T 
giant dead tree corner, The T 
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E9 or Leading Cause variation right side. 

YDS: 5.11+ French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 24 British: E4 6a

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 150'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11+ French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 24 British: E4 6a [details]
FA: unknown, late 1980's
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: bradley white on Jul 26, 2009

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Description 

climb face and friction to small central arch and move left towards E8 until able to join it. Finish up E7.


Location 

Left of the obvious white dike that leads to no where but a solitary very old 1/4" bolt.


Protection 

Bolts and trad gear, there maybe fixed pins



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By burlap submariner
Sep 6, 2009

brad.....

I belive "leading cause" was originally called "leading cause of death" and was done by the late Paul Duvall and a Quebecoise in the late 70's early 80's, I remember him telling me about owls head when I lived in the black hills in SD.

-Casey

By David Powers
Sep 8, 2009

Casey,

In my research i too have found the name of this route to be Leading Cause... of Death. Although in my notes i have Joe Landry doing the First ascent. Did Paul Duvall specifically tell you he did the FA of this route? Paul certainly did do many quality routes on Owls Head.

By burlap submariner
Sep 10, 2009

yes he did say that was a first ascent, he did also mention several other bolted slabs. I thought of him the other week when a partner and I did Dartmouth Corner, its too bad that he's gone. I had a blast climbing with Paul in the needles and he worked me up to climbing in Mexico with him, super nice guy.

Mr. Powers you dont by any chance climb alot in Vermont do you?

By David Powers
Sep 11, 2009

I spend most of my time climbing in Vermont.

By john strand
From: southern colo
Jul 7, 2010

It's been a while but I'm almost positive that Joe landry free this with paul after paul used a bit of aid.