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The Circus Wall offers excellent and exposed climbing on mostly horizontal edges and buckets... AND a broad range of difficulty. The four routes here are an excellent way to judge your progress at Moore's. If you can do Zoo View, then you're ready to try 5.8. Airshow... start thinking about 5.9's. If you send Break on Through then it's time to start looking at the other 5.10's at Moore's, and so on and so forth.

The wall gets no sun and can be cold once temps start to drop off. Airshow will stay wet for a day or two after a rain.

Getting There 

Once you've taken the left onto the powerline road, walk for a few minutes until you see a park sign on the right pointing to the Sentinel Buttress trail. Turn right and head up the trail, following signs for the Sentinel Buttress. Once you get close to the wall, the trail splits and either heads left toward the Central Wall or right toward the Sentinel Buttress. Go right toward Sentinel, and when you hit the wall walk up left, around the corner, and look up!

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.9 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Circus Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Circus Wall:
Zoo View   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 220'   
Air Show   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 180'   
Break On Through   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Bimbo's Bulge   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Leader on the Start of Break On Through

Break On Through 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  North Carolina : Moore's Wall : ... : Circus Wall
P1: Climb sentinel chimney to a big ledge. The kind of wide crack right in front of your face is Air Show. It is easy to build a belay here with big nuts/tricams.P2: From the belay climb right on horizontals until you hit a weird, quartzy crack/corner feature. Blast up this . . . . it stays steep for quite a while. When the angle eases, aim up and a little left towards a crack in the big roof. Cutting feet when you stick the jug earns extra style points. Continue up on easier ground but wit...[more]   Browse More Classics in North Carolina

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Rock Climbing Photo: Elyse sending the roof- pretty steep for 5.7!!
Elyse sending the roof- pretty steep for 5.7!!

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By saxfiend
From: Decatur, GA
Oct 20, 2014
If you're leading any of the pitches from the Crow's Nest, for god's sake have the common sense (and courtesy) NOT to belay off the rap rings!! Crowd control is bad enough without making it impossible for anyone to rappel until you're ready to take your leader off belay.

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