The Circus Trick, shot from above, by Noah Bigwood...
This is the arete just in sight at the right edge of the photo below, on the biggest boulder in Big Bend. Cool moves on decent holds, especially from the sit start, lead to a hard throw to a bad hold, and another hard throw to the huge jug at the lip. Very, very cool.
The landing is good, a pad is nice but not necessary if you have a spotter.
The dyno on Circus Trick is one of the coolest moves I've ever experienced in climbing. The sit start doesn't really make the problem any harder, I think, as the crux is all about getting to that lip...it's really hard to stick any way you do it. The short persons' beta is viciously awkward and core-strength intensive. Footwork is tough. The dyno can be done from the two sideways-spaced jugs to avoid the tough move. Of course it's a little longer flight, so I really don't know what is harder. Done this way, the crux is hanging on to the lip as you swing out (you have to jump backwards quite a bit). Sick, sick, sick move! SO GOOD!
By Jared LaVacque Administrator From: Anchorage/Grand Junction Jan 27, 2010
Sandbag is right! We were all dropping off this over and over again. Then a guy in our group who sends V8 on a regular basis jumped on it and proceeded to fall of three straight times before he got it. Sheesh!
By Reedrombo From: Salt Lake City, UT Mar 14, 2010
Awesome, awesome awesome problem. A stiff rating at V4, pretty borderline I would say but it was fun to work through.