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Anniversary Special T 
Ayatollah, The T 
Black Ice T 
Bush Eviction T 
Circus T 
Circus, Circus T 
Event Horizon T 
False Lieback T 
False Prophet T 
Horror-zontal Terror-verse T 
Icy, But Not Too Dicey T,TR 
Lil Squirt S 
Nutcracker T 
Retirement T 
Space Odyssey T 
Thin Ice TR 


YDS: 5.2 French: 3 Ewbanks: 8 UIAA: II ZA: 8 British: D 2c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.2 French: 3 Ewbanks: 8 UIAA: II ZA: 8 British: D 2c [details]
FA: Dick James and John Wolfe, December 1968
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Submitted By: Blitzo on May 30, 2007

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BETA PHOTO: Rappelling down Circus.


This fun, easy crack is on the northwest corner of the rock, below the cap.
Descend to the right, 3rd class.


To 2".

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By Rodger Raubach
Mar 8, 2011
rating: 5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c

An O.K. climb; my wife wanted to lead it. Easy route, and doesn't take long.
By tdoughtyjr
From: Descanso, CA
Mar 21, 2011

< 80' rap descent also available from chains 75' east atop Ayatollah and the north facing bowl.
By Joseph Stover
From: Batesville, AR
Apr 6, 2011
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c

fun climb, and well worth it at the grade... too bad the upper wide finger crack isn't longer...
By Mary Moser
May 22, 2011
rating: 5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c

This was a very enjoyable and easy climb. I'd recommend it to any new trad leader. The start is a little bit tricky, but after that it's just plain fun.
By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
Nov 15, 2014
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c

I recommend hiking along the top of the rock to the rappel rings atop Ayatollah, then heading around leftwards, through a notch then back to the start of the climb. That way you don't have to a) scramble down the 3rd class descent and b) do the approach up all over again. The approach may take longer than the climb itself.

Nice crack climb, pity it's not a lot longer. Significantly easier than Nutcracker or False Lieback.

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