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Tears of a Clown 

YDS: 5.11- French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c R

   
Type:  Trad, TR, 110'
Original:  YDS: 5.11- French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c R [details]
FA: John Steiger, Ray Ringle - 1985
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Submitted By: Luke Bertelsen on Nov 12, 2016

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Description 

This gem will give a glimpse into how things used to be done back in the day. With two bolts in over 100 ft. and very committing climbing with intermittent small/med. gear (not really where you'd want it) you'll need to be dialed in to pull off the lead.......or.......walk to the end North Fin, throw a rope down, and get in a TR run.

Start between the blunt arete and detached pillar by stemming, lay backing, and a little groveling before you stand atop the pillar and look at the remaining 80+ feet of amazing face climbing with several small roof encounters. Use the two bolts to guide your way up the amazing face and arete. If you can manage the two roof sections, the second harder than the first and just past the second bolt, it's hero jugs to the top.

For Windy Point this climb actually has fairly large handholds, but the pulls are long and the footholds not as plentiful as you might like.

Location 

Begin the climb just outside The Gallery and left of The Edge of Da-light, essentially climbing straight up the end of the North Fin.

Protection 

Small to medium gear, 2 bolts, chain anchors.


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By Luke Bertelsen
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From: Tucson, AZ
Nov 12, 2016

This climb was given a grade of 5.10 originally. Maybe it is....who knows? Both my partner and I thought it was hard 10/easy 11. You make the call. Amazing climb!
By 1Eric Rhicard
Nov 13, 2016

I am 5.6 and recall having to really keep my head together but not that the moves once committed to were all that hard but comitting. This is why it is still a 10 in the guidebook which of course means it could be 10+. Nice job leading this one as it is rarely lead.

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