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Clown School S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Contortionist, The S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
High Wire Act S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Ly'n and Stealin' S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Overboard S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Stealin' a Lion S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Trapezius S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Unnamed, 5.11a S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Unnamed, 5.11a 2 S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Elevation: 1,723 ft
GPS: 38.243, -80.836 Google Map · Climbing Map
Shared By: Jeremy Steck on May 9, 2010
Admins: Pnelson, Ladd, Shawn Heath, Vicki Schwantes, Jake Jones
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Description

This is a great area to get away from the summer crowds at the lake. There are number of decent 5.11's along the way to the Circus Wall proper. The Circus Wall is well worth the walk for some very high quality 5.12s. Overall, this area gets afternoon sun, however many of the routes are in areas that are fairly sheltered from both sun and wind. With the leaves on the trees, most routes tend to be shady for the better part of the day.
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Getting There

From the Orange Oswald Wall, continue hiking along the cliff for 10-15 minutes to reach the Circus Wall. Along the way, you'll find several routes, some dirty, some really nice. It's an easy walk.

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Liet Keynes
Denver, CO
Liet Keynes   Denver, CO
This was a decent trek to get to. And a little more confusing to route find than I expected. There's a wall with a couple bolted routes ~2/3 the way between Orange Oswald and the actual Circus area that had a boulder leaning against the wall with a slim tunnel you could walk under. I don't know what these are, but they aren't the unnamed 5.11s. Keep going. You'll know you've found the 11s because the boulder is *really* massive and the tunnel you walk under is *really* giant.

And the 12s (Ly'n and Stealin', etc.) are 50+ meters past these on a whole other wall.

But well worth it, amazing area. Sep 12, 2016

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