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The Great Circle 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

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Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Bruce Morris, Bill Taylor, 1974.
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Submitted By: Blitzo on Oct 29, 2006

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some good varnish on great circle - approaching th...


This route is left of the center of the cliff and starts in a crack on the left side of a polished gold slab.
Climb the crack, move up past two bolts (5.9), to a three bolt belay.
Climb through polish past two bolts to a two bolt anchor. Rappel 165'.


For more complete information, get "Rock Climbing Tuolumne Meadows" by Don Reid and Chris Falkenstein.


Pro to 1.5", draws.

Photos of The Great Circle Slideshow Add Photo
damien hicks on great circle
damien hicks on great circle
Nearing the crux face moves
Nearing the crux face moves
"Great Circle"-first pitch. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
"Great Circle"-first pitch. Photo by Bli...
Hal leading Great Circle
Hal leading Great Circle
"Great Circle", first pitch crack. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
BETA PHOTO: "Great Circle", first pitch crack. Photo...
Checking the edges
Checking the edges

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By Carquinez
Dec 5, 2007

This one has everything a nice 5.7 crack leading to a couple 5.9 face moves and then a 10.b overhang. The overhang is easy if you're tall. It's one step and then an easy stroll to the top.
By Patrick Smith
Jul 4, 2010
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Amazing route. 5.7 finger crack protects and climbs like a j-tree crack. Edging at the top is classing Tuolumne.

Supertopo calls this 10a R, but in my opinion it is not deserving of the R rating. At no point did I feel a fall would have been much more than inconvenient. Also, some will call this two pitches; it can easily be done as one with a 70m (probably even a 60m). 70m rope will reach the ground rapping off the second anchors.
By Tommy L-D
Jul 19, 2010
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

You can reach the second set of anchors with a 60 (for one long pitch) but will need a second rope to rap.
By Floridaputz
From: Oakland Park, Florida
Jul 1, 2013

awesome climb, a nice crack to Glacial Polished slab.
By Jeff Edge
Oct 19, 2014

First pitch was a lot of fun, didn't feel nearly as hard as like Goodrich Pinnacle (so maybe its 5.8?) and probably only PG-13, if that. Anyway, its worthwhile if you're walkin past.
By Colin Brochard
From: San Francisco
Oct 20, 2014
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13

Thin and slick at the top of the first pitch :)