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Circle A Wall Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 8,000'
Location: 37.84449, -119.44702 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Isaac T. on Sep 2, 2008
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A west facing wall, with nice views of Pywiack Dome & Pennyroyal Arches. There is only a handful of routes here, so if you see climbers be prepared for a que. The rock is of the most excellent quality (of course). It can be a bit windy though as the breezes coming off the lake get funneled up Hwy 120 between Poly Dome and Pywiack Dome.

Getting There 

If you are heading North away from Lake Teyana after less than a mile you will come to a 20 foot (or so) in-cut on the left hand side of the rode (east) park on the west side (nearest the steep incline) and the crag is up above the incut about a 2-3 minute up-hill hike from the road.

Climbing Season

For the Tenaya Lake area.

Weather station 9.1 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Circle A Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Circle A Wall:
Joe Mamba   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Apex Predator   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Rodeo Revolution, Joe Mamba and Apex Predator.

Joe Mamba 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  California : Yosemite National Park : ... : Circle A Wall
The crux comes at the top as you pull the short but steep headwall to gain the ledge. The Falcon guide book shows 4 bolts, however the first one has since been chopped leaving a spicy (yet easy) climb to the 1st bolt...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By Isaac T.
From: Yokosuka, Japan
Sep 2, 2008
The Falcon Guide (pg 36) states that there is a 3rd class gully located to the right (north) of the A Circle Wall. I would hardly would call it a 3rd class gully it is more or less a very easy 5th class climb complete with loose rock and moss. Exercise caution when climbing up and whatever you do don't throw your rope over to the big ledge before stepping over, it might roll off... Don't ask me how I know that....
By Karl K
From: Phoenix, AZ
Aug 10, 2014
If you want to toprope, you can climb the face/gully about 20' right of the 'class 3' gully. Get above the ledge (about 25 feet) and then either downclimb or rap off a small tree (there were slings and a locking carabiner as of 8/7/14).
Be warned this approach has a few low class 5 moves (5.1-3ish) and would not be recommended for beginners or those without sticky rubber. For most, wear your approach shoes or climbing shoes.
Once on the ledge, there are (rap) anchors about 5' to the climber's right of Apex Predator.
Setting a TR on Joe Mamba requires gear (small/mid size cams)

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