Login with Facebook
Far Downs

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Bard S 
Left Wing of Smaug T,S 
Of Quartz It Goes S 
Orcrist T 

Far Downs  

Photos:  Recent | Best | Popular
Page Views: 1,541
Administrators: Andrew Gram, Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Andy Busse, Mike Housiaux, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: John Gunnels on Sep 7, 2009


74° | 55°

69° | 39°
Columbus Day

54° | 41°

63° | 41°

58° | 39°
You & This Area
Best routes for YOU in this area
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]
Know the location? Show us! We need it for cool new features!
Jerry moves on up towards the false summit of Bard...


The North face of Far Downs provides welcome shade during the heat of Summer. The area is incredibly beautiful, and absolutely no tourists ever bother you. The routes here are all high quality... and the summit views are as fine as any in the Needles.

Getting There 

Far Downs is the next formation immediately West of Erebor. However, the easiest approach follows the trail down hill from Near Downs.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.9 miles from here

4 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Far Downs:
Of Quartz It Goes   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 125'   
Bard   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Left Wing of Smaug   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   
Orcrist   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 160'   
Browse More Classics in Far Downs

Featured Route For Far Downs
Of Quartz it Goes

Of Quartz It Goes 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  SD : Custer State Park : ... : Far Downs
Dingus McGee's guide book rates this route 5.6. I thought it felt a bit stiffer than that. Big quartz knobs gradually become smaller and slope the "wrong" way. A couple moves between bolts 4 and 6 make you concentrate... just as the wall bulges a bit... hence "my" grade....[more]   Browse More Classics in SD

Comments on Far Downs Add Comment
Show which comments
- none yet -
Beyond the Guidebook:
The Definitive Climbing Resource
Inspiration & Motivation
to Fuel Your Run
Next Generation Mountain
Bike Trail Maps
Backcountry, Sidecountry
& Secret Stashes
Better Data. Better Tools.
Better Hikes!