Avg: 2 from 33 votes
Routes in Circus Wall
|Barbarian T,S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R|
|Cloudwalker T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a|
|Freak Show S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Illegal Alien S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b|
|Jimmy the Geek S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Just Desserts T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Pygmy Alien T,S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|Roar of the Greasepaint S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a|
|Trapeze T 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R|
|Unknown 5.11 T,S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c|
|Type:||Trad, Sport, 380 ft, 3 pitches|
|Page Views:||2,964 total, 17/month|
|Shared By:||Tony B on Jan 3, 2004|
|Admins:||Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq|
DescriptionThis route is easily identified on Circus Wall. It lies on the far left end of the main wall and goes up the W. Face near the North end arete. The 2 pins on P1 and 1 pin on P2 are not easy to see from the ground, but are hard to miss once on route.
P1: (5.6, 120') Climb up the easy slab tending up and left towards a pin seen from the ground, near the right-facing flake on the arete of the wall. While this is indeed the second pin, the first lies back behind a sloping ledge and can not be seen until you are upon it. Med-large stoppers or perhaps a few hand-sized cams are good pro here and the pins seem unneccesary for a good lead. Continue climbing for 120' (35M) to reach a ledge with fixed anchors. Rapping from here with a single 70M rope is easily done. With a 'short' 70M some 4th class downclimbing may be necessary to hit terra firma.
P2: (5.6, 140') Continue up past the anchor first going directly up, then briefly right to a crack, back left, then right to a single pin and up, arriving on a sizable ledge after ~42M. There are a set of chain anchors on the left edge of this sizable ledge. Along the way there will be some significant runouts with crispy chickenheads and plates slung for pro. I would not exect these to hold significant falls. As well, there are a few opportunities for nuts or tricams between plates which may be better, but not good. Approach a lead of this pitch with caution as per the experience and ability of the leader. This is not right for a neophyte climber. Retreat from this point would require 2 ropes or some downclimbing of significant consequence on questionable rock.
P3: (5.5, 140') On the face behind the ledge above P2 you can see a few bolts with red hangers, these are closely spaced for the most part and are generally good. A few are somewhat poorly placed though, and most require 1-foot draws to avoid hanging the rope in odd flakes. Sport draws would be a poor choice here. Climb past perhaps 12 bolts to a set of rap hangers, from which a single 70M rope will 'just' make it down or clip these with a long sling and continue 20' additional to the summit of the formation.
To descend, rap the route or do the standard walk/scrable/rap off to the north.
The climb is good overall and would improve with heavy traffic.
A single rap is required for easy retreat due to the right-hand movement of the second pitch. This can be done down to 4th class terrain with a single 70M rope or to the base with two 50M ropes. Either seems safe for anyone remotely capable of leading this route.