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The Guillotine 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Allen Steck and Chuck Wilts, October 1969
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Submitted By: Roger Linfield on Jan 27, 2006

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Tom Michael leads the Guillotine.


Some fun, easy liebacking on large, sharp flakes (including the guillotine flake) takes you up a right-facing corner. Climb up into a short, well-protected squeeze chimney (crux) and struggle up to a comfortable belay. Runout but easy (5.5) friction moves take you to the top of the rock. Walk off to the right. Some people have avoided the squeeze chimney by a committing, very runout lieback. Done this way, the climb deserves an "R."


standard rack with a few larger pieces

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By Adam Kimmerly
May 26, 2009

Super fun liebacking that I don't feel is as dangerous as the guidebook suggests. I plugged a #3 in the base of the chimney before committing to the "runout" lieback which is really only about 15'-20' before the next piece. I'll downgrade the danger rating on this one to a PG-13. While you can't place gear at every point on the route, I feel the available placements adequately protect the route. Regardless, this wouldn't be a good first 5.8 for a budding leader.
By Nikki S
From: Cleveland, Ohio
Feb 20, 2013

Fun liebacking--and good varied climbing the whole way. Doesn't feel run out. Not plentiful pro--but sufficient. Rapped with a 70m from the slung tree (or bolts?--can't remember)at the top.
By Jeff Scheuerell
Aug 10, 2014

Watched some guy take a big whip on this climb years and years ago. He swung right into the flake. Don't know the extent of his injuries but he was messed up. My partner Todd and I ran and got the litter. Glad there were a bunch of other folks there to do first aid. And we all helped with a carry out.
By Kyle vH
Sep 4, 2017

Very aesthetic climb on imposing looking rock. We stayed in the chimney with excellent pro in a perfect hand crack. It is awkward but good rests and exciting as you traverse out/leave the chimney. Really unique. Done this way the crux seems to be exiting the chimney near the top, still with excellent pro.

Consider rapping from the bolted station. We went to the top via a 20ft run out 5.5 dike above solid gear (out right). But its basically unmemorable 5.2 after that. Jogging left to Graham Cracker would be more fun.

We hauled up 1#3, triples #2 and #1, and doubles below to sew it up. Eats cams.

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