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Take Me to Your Leader 

YDS: 5.11c/d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 25 British: E4 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Original:  YDS: 5.11d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Jonathan Siegrist, 2009
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Jonathan Siegrist on Aug 23, 2009

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Bob Siegrist slabbing on Take Me to Your Leader.


You might want to empty your bladder before a lead on this stunning climb.

Move up a right-leaning ramp before reaching out left to the first holds and clip. Climb up a mostly featured slab and through increasingly technical ground to an overlap. Clip up and fire an awesome series of moves through a small arching corner. From a horizontal crack, clip up and take a few deep breaths before entering the technical (and mental) crux slab. This panel of rock is amazing and will surely leave a lasting impression on anyone who leads it. Finish on some enjoyable, moderate climbing for 3 bolts to the anchors.

This is an absolute classic that is reminiscent of the crux pitch on the alpine route, 'Spear Me the Details'.


This is on the right side of a large, beautiful slab next to Wizard's Path.


9 bolts and chains.

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By Dougald MacDonald
Aug 23, 2010

Classic and highly engaging face climbing. We thought the crux was the whole passage up to, through, and past the overlap. The blank panel above was technical and frightening, but slightly easier. I'd give this four stars except for the unnecessary run-out on this second crux; it would have been better to move the bolt lower and then let people place a piece in the horizontal crack above the panel. Still, an amazing climb. If this route is near your limit, like it was for me, you'll likely be somewhat shattered after a lead...don't plan to do much else the rest of the day!
By Curt MacNeill
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 20, 2013

I managed to flash a bunch of routes here including the Magic Dagger (13a), and I still fell on this one. Tricky, sustained face climbing that's a bit licheny and hard to read due to the absence of chalk. Felt a wee bit run out in spots, too. Overall, a great route that will clean up nicely with some more ascents. May need a date with Mr. Brush. Enjoy!!
By Mitch Musci
From: Estes Park, CO
Jul 17, 2016

This route really stands out as a classic in the area with fantastic edging and engaging features but IMO is no harder than the neighboring Guillotine. The first overlap has awesome movement at about 11-, and the striking panel above felt like one move of mid 5.11 on perfect knobs. Don't hesitate to jump on this one if you are just breaking into the stated grade...super fun and not as taxing as these guys are describing, though the bolt is below your feet for the crux.
By seanmo63
Sep 3, 2016
rating: 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c

Excellent. I agree that the crux was the overlap below the slab as opposed to the slab itself.
By Andy Hansen
From: Longmont, Colorado
Jul 16, 2017
rating: 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a

Move for move I didn't think there was anything harder on this pitch than on The Guillotine, but there is significantly more sustained difficulties and a heady run between bolts to keep it invigorating. Great, long, difficult pitch and a great lead at the grade.

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