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This is the hardest of the hard crags at the NRG.  It's steep, but don't expect many brainless enduro jughauls.  The Cirque has glorious classics that ascend up the sweeping wave of rock from 12b to 14b.  Proper Soul, a popular first 5.14, is here, as well as much harder and less-repeated routes like The Crouch and Freedom Tree.  The Cirque stays dry in all but the heaviest of storms, and something will be climbable here if the temperature is between 20 and 95 degrees.  

Also, it should be noted that this is one of the few areas within the New River National Wild and Scenic River boundaries in which perma/project draws are accepted.  Take a look at them before whipping, however; fixed gear has broken here before.

Getting There

Park at the second Endless Wall parking lot (Nuttall parking), and hike into the woods for maybe 5-10 minutes.  The first sign for climbers' access will lead you to a set of ladders that descends under the cliff.  Cirque is a short jaunt upstream from the ladders.

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Classic Climbing Routes at R) The Cirque

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 60
The Warm-Up
Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 15
New Life
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 13
Power Lung
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 33
Graffiti
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 15
Hourglass
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 5
Live and Let Live
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 24
Sloth
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 43
Finders Keepers
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 6
Hasta La Vista
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 6
Superstition
Sport 2 pitches
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 16
Skylore Engine
Sport
5.13b/c 8a+ 29 X- 30 E7 6c
 5
Ride The Lightning
Sport
5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a
 9
Proper Soul
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Warm-Up
 60
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
New Life
 15
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Power Lung
 13
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Graffiti
 33
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Hourglass
 15
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Live and Let Live
 5
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Sloth
 24
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Finders Keepers
 43
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Hasta La Vista
 6
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Superstition
 6
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport 2 pitches
Skylore Engine
 16
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Ride The Lightning
 5
5.13b/c 8a+ 29 X- 30 E7 6c Sport
Proper Soul
 9
5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a Sport
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