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Circus Circus 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 110'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Rob Robinson and Kirk Brode, 2002
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Submitted By: Jeff Mekolites on Mar 20, 2007

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Jodi finishing up pitch 2 on Circus Circus, Tennes...


Circus Circus climbs two short pitches of great rock on the south side of T Wall. Pitch one: work up through broken blocky rock until you can step right under a very large roof. Traverse this roof finding the path of least resistance and don't forget your second. Set up a gear anchor when you reach a notch/alcove below a short roof with a dihedral above. Pitch two: step out under the roof and climb the dihedral through a series of roofs up high. Rap on newly installed rap rings.


Two pitch route located on the south end of T Wall, just past Where Lizards Go To Die. Look for a right angling ramp beneath a huge roof that leads to a alcove below a dihedral.


Standard Rack. New rap rings at the top of pitch two.

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By Rob Robinson
Oct 16, 2008
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13

This spectacular routes wends through an intimidating band of massive overhangs. It is NOT for the faint of heart, and it is NOT for the "up and coming" 5.8 leader. You should be a SOLID 5.9 leader before attempting this route.

Be sure to place enough gear on the first pitch traverse to adequately protect your second.

The technical crux is a small roof near the top of pitch two.
By Tom Fralich
From: Fort Collins, CO
Dec 7, 2012
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

No need to be afraid of this one. A little more involved than most T-Wall routes with the traverse and gear belay, but the gear is all there through the entire route. Should pose no problems for the experienced 5.8 trad climber.
By BlakeSalmony
From: Nashville
Nov 11, 2013

Fixed a nut at the gear belay. Didn't have my nut tool to get it out. Earn the karma and send it back to me, use as part of your anchor, or poke it out and enjoy the early xmas gift.
By DennisL
From: Bishop, CA
Mar 12, 2014

A fun little adventure with a superb second pitch! Protects well - don't forget about your second on the intimidating but easy traverse! I thought the technical crux was getting into the immaculate dihedral at the start of p2. The roofs up top were fairly mellow and protection possibilities omnipresent.

With a 70m rope you can rap to the ground.
By Wei-Ming Lam
From: Phoenix, AZ
Apr 7, 2015

Do yourself a favor and either A: Climb it as recommended in 2 pitches, or B: Use 2 ropes.

Drag from linking pitches was so unpleasant. Stubborn me wanting to link.
By Alex James
From: Ballard, WA
Dec 23, 2016
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Even though I'm going against Rob Robinson, I feel like I need to add a comment so random mountain project people aren't scared off. I think this climb is a wonderful traverse under the roof that is well protected and not terribly hard. I agree with the grade at 5.8 and think it is entirely suitable for a 5.8 leader. As long as you remember to protect your second on the traverse, then there is no way I would give it a PG or even PG13 rating.

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