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The Clowning 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
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Submitted By: Spencer Scott on Mar 23, 2015

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BETA PHOTO: Victoria Tran leading The Clowning


Always changing features on this route make for tons of variety. Technical beginning flake, fun jug haul mid section and slopers and a mini roof finish. Combined with the length of the route, it makes for a very fun warm up. However, only 2 stars because it can be rather condition dependent.

Caution: The haul from the fixed draw to the anchors is extremely dirty. You won't be able to see your top anchors from the last and only fixed draw until you begin to round out the roof. After rain, it was covered in moss and mud, making the final moves really sketchy. Likewise, the fixed draws are hanging directly on bolts without chain extensions and are prone to increased rope drag and a stuck rope when TRing.


Left most climb at the crag. Starts on a nice orange face with an obvious flake.


7 bolts, 1 fixed draw and 2 fixed anchors with biners.

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By Andrew Roepke
From: Kansas City, Missouri
Mar 29, 2015

Really good if you can catch it dry!
By marisa cones
Nov 16, 2015

because the anchors are so far back its best to repel down. the rope drag is real.
By Michael A Parker
From: Tulsa, OK
Mar 20, 2017
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

I recommend longer draws at the anchor to prevent rope drag. The last person off should rappel from the perma biners to save their rope.
By Scott and Sara
Sep 22, 2017


The bolt hanger below the fixed draw somehow fell off or was removed. This is in the middle of the overhanging crux of the route. If you climb past this to the fixed draw and fall while clipping, you will almost certainly fall all the way to the ledge below with serious consequences. I will go back next week and replace the hanger and will post here once it is done.
By Chase Webb
From: Little Rock, AR
Oct 1, 2017

Yesterday 9/30/2017 I tightened the hanger back to the bolt.

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