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The Contortionist 

YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 65'
Original:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Dan Hague, 2000
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Submitted By: Jeremy Steck on May 9, 2010

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This is probably one of the lower quality lines on this wall, and it's still really good! It starts out steep and juggy and finishes steep and techy. Stick clip the first bolt and traverse out left. Trend back up and right aiming for the arete. At the 3rd bolt, getting a stance to clip it is the crux. From here, follow the arete to a great rest and gain the slightly overhanging face at the 5th bolt. Use small holds to head up and a bit left and then back a bit right to top it out (redpoint crux). It's a long way to the anchors from the last bolt, but the hardest moves are well protected. There's a hidden really good hold up there, but you have to find it!


This is the 2nd to last line on the Circus Wall proper. Just as the trail heads up and around the corner, you'll see a steep sport route that leads to the arete.


6 bolts, shuts.

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By Safety Dan
Jul 26, 2016
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

Sent on 7/23 but some corrections to the entry. There are now 6 bolts on the route, I think one between the old bolt 4-5. Also, bolt 1 is spinning and pulling out from the wall, should be replaced. Finally, measured the route with our rope and its more like 65-70 feet rather than 50 but that is slightly debatable depending where you count the start, but still longer than 50 ft. Great route with a really awesome upper crux guarding a fun top out

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