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Take a Powder 

YDS: 5.12b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ British: E5 6b

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12a/b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Watts 87
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Description 

A superb flake system leads you through the first four bolts. Technical face climbing ensues. The crux has gotten slightly harder since the FA as many key nubs have popped off. Very technical slab finish.


Location 

in between Powder in the eyes and Latin lover.


Protection 

9 bolts two bolt rap anchor



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By Wolfgang Braun
From: Beavercreek, Oregon
Oct 15, 2008
rating: 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ E6 6b

This is a good route. The flake down low that looks easy, is far from it. Technical climbing all the way. Can step right to an off set a ways up to make the crux a bit easier.

By Peter Franzen
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From: Phoenix, AZ
Oct 19, 2008
rating: 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b

I'd stick clip the first bolt-- the first few moves on the flake are the most insecure. I found the crux to be significantly harder than Latin Lover's, but it's probably easier for those with smaller fingers.

As for the overall rating, I think it's slightly harder than the .12a version of Heinous Cling, making the .12b seem spot-on.

By ferrells
From: Minneapolis, MN
Jan 4, 2010
rating: 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b

I was expecting an easy lead on this one, and did not find one. What was I thinking? Technical, big fall potential, engrossing.

Certainly stick clip the first - that's the crux.

By Max Tepfer
From: Bend, OR
Jun 1, 2010

I'd disagree that the first moves are the crux. They are far from the most technically challenging moves on the route.