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Clown Face

5.10+, Sport, 30 ft (9 m),  Avg: 1.6 from 7 votes
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Nevada > Southern Nevada > Red Rocks > (03) First Pull… > Circus Cliff
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Clown Face starts just left of the water streak. Climb the wall to a big hole. Step right out of the hole to an anchor (Handren guidebook says 3 bolts, but I also saw a second bolt of a different make, bringing total to 4).


Bolts and fixed anchor


Left of the water streak on the left side of the wall.

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Middle of second crux slab. Pinky mono to left pinch
[Hide Photo] Middle of second crux slab. Pinky mono to left pinch

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Gary Savage
Las Vegas, NV
[Hide Comment] A couple of bolts and anchor were added to make the route safe in the spring of 2019. Probably the best slab route on the wall. 10d. Jan 1, 2020
[Hide Comment] A proper sandbag listing this here at 10b: the Handren book says 10d, and I think both the bouldery start and the actual slab crux are at least that hard. Dec 6, 2022
[Hide Comment] The Other James, the copy of Handren I consulted lists it as 10b, but it's from 2016. Page edited. Definitely felt harder than 10b and perhaps harder than 10d to me. Dec 6, 2022
Charlie S
[Hide Comment] Probably good we didn't read the description/comments on this first. Wouldn't be surprised if something broke for the first crux. For the upper crux, the only way to make it work was to mono old bolt holes. Kind of a mean bolting job, too. Gives you 3 close bolts and then you're on your own until the top. Dec 26, 2023
Jonathan Bright
Huntington, NY
[Hide Comment] The left anchor bolt was spinning and I hand-tightened it today. It held us fine, but felt a bit sketchy. Jan 8, 2024