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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.
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!
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated 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 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
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Zoo View 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b NC : Moore's Wall : ... : Circus Wall
The term "classic" was made for routes like Zoo View. The Select Climbs guide calls this "possibly the best 5.7 in North Carolina;" in fact, it may very well be the best for the grade in the southeast. The wild exposure and the juggy roof make for an experience on lead that you won't soon forget. A trip to Moore's just to do this one superlative climb would not be a wasted one.P1 -- Starting at the base of Sentinel Buttress, climb the first pitch of that route or any of the variatio...[more] Browse More Classics in NC
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