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The Contortionist 

YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Dan Hague, 2000
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Submitted By: Jeremy Steck on May 9, 2010

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This is probably one of the lower quality lines on this wall, and it's still really good! It starts out steep and juggy and finishes steep and techy. Stick clip the first bolt and traverse out left. Trend back up and right aiming for the arete. At the 3rd bolt, getting a stance to clip it is the crux. From here, follow the arete to a great rest and gain the slightly overhanging face at the 5th bolt. Use small holds to head up and a bit left and then back a bit right to top it out (redpoint crux). It's a long way to the anchors from the last bolt, but the hardest moves are well protected. There's a hidden really good hold up there, but you have to find it!


This is the 2nd to last line on the Circus Wall proper. Just as the trail heads up and around the corner, you'll see a steep sport route that leads to the arete.


5 bolts, shuts.

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