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Air Show 

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

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 180'
Original:  YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Tom Howard, Bruce Meneghin 1976 on-sight
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Submitted By: Ben Sachs on Jan 12, 2009

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Hannah on Air Show


This route is probably as good as Zoo View on equally amazing rock. It is definitely a step up in difficulty as well. If you don't live in Winston-Salem or the Gunks, this might feel like 5.9...


Circus Wall, far left. Climb Sentinel Chimney (which can be very scary if the face is wet) to a gear belay on the slab below the route. Follow obvious crack system to the top.


Bomber gear of your choosing the whole way on 2nd pitch. Tricams are nice at the 2nd crux. Rap Sentinel Buttress.

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By Bruce Meneghin
Sep 22, 2009

Tommy Howard always had a knack for coming up with route names. If I recall correctly, the name for this one was uttered during the first ascent: "this is pretty steep; hope I don't give you an air show" or something like that.
By michael hayes
Dec 2, 2009

Bruce, My name is Michael Hayes and I was your climbing partner and college roommate at NC State. Email me at or call at 415 606 3141. Would love to hear from you. I am still climbing.
By Robert Hutchins
Dec 21, 2011
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

In my option, this route is far superior to Zoo View. Sustained, quality climbing with multiple moves near the grade, and a pump pushing the limits of 5.8 all by itself. Great introduction to Moore's gear and climbing style for visiting climber looking to do some of the more difficult routes, and a great option for the local looking to break into 5.9. Would put this in my top 3 of "5.8s" in the state.
By Crushin' Prussian
From: carrboro, nc
Oct 30, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Great route and best 5.8-ish that I've done at Moore's.

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