Type: Trad, 150 ft
FA: unknown, late 1980's
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Shared By: bradley white on Jul 25, 2009 with updates from David Powers
Admins: Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey LeCours, Jonathan Steitzer, Robert Hall

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


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


Bolts and trad gear, there maybe fixed pins


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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 Sep 6, 2009

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. Sep 8, 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? Sep 10, 2009
I spend most of my time climbing in Vermont. Sep 11, 2009
john strand
southern colo
john strand   southern colo
It's been a while but I'm almost positive that Joe landry free this with paul after paul used a bit of aid. Jul 7, 2010