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Middle Earth

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Afterthought TR 
Anduril S,TR 
Art Imitates Life S 
Art of the Pissant S 
Big Kahuna S 
Black Rider S,TR 
Caradhras T 
Cirith Ungol T 
Dimrill Stair T 
Dwarrowdelf T 
Easy Rider S,TR 
Fangorn Crack T,TR 
Fool's Gold S 
Gandalf T 
Glamdring S 
Grandpa's Dihedral TR 
Isengard S 
Karmic Relief S 
Khazaddum S 
Little Bruiser T 
Lord of the Rings S 
Marranon T,TR 
Merryanne TR 
Middle Finger TR 
Nameless Right of Shadowfax TR 
Nameless to the right of Fools Gold T,TR 
Not my Reality TR 
Orange Sunshine S 
Orc T 
Orthanc S 
Out on a Whim T 
Radagast T 
Risky Business T,S 
Rock Wrestling T 
Rocking the Dalai Lama S 
Room With A View (aka Helm's Deep) T 
Sam I Am T 
Shadowfax T 
Shelob's Lair T 
Slice and Dice T 
Smeagol's Surprise T 
Straight Out of Sitka TR 
Strider TR 
Strider Face TR 
When Good Books Go Bad TR 
Unsorted Routes:

Middle Earth Rock Climbing 

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Location: 32.8242, -117.051 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Marc Kajut, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Marc Kajut on Jan 25, 2006  with updates from Josh Cameron


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Middle Earth contains several short and enjoyable climbs such as Sam I Am, a.k.a Left of Dimrill Stairs, The Dimrill Stair, Shelob's Lair, Easy Rider, Shadowfax, Caradhras.

Getting There 

From the kiosk at the first climbers loop enterance, follow the trail up the hillside along several switchbacks until the trail turns to the climbers left (north) as you approach several prominent formations. These formations, which can been seen easily from the parking lot, are Middle Earth.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.5 miles from here

45 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',16],['2 Stars',22],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Middle Earth

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Middle Earth:
Dimrill Stair   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 25'   
Dwarrowdelf   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 30'   
Sam I Am   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   
Shadowfax   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
Orc   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 35'   
Caradhras   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 35'   
Afterthought   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     TR, 1 pitch, 40'   
Fool's Gold   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 30'   
Karmic Relief   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 50'   
Khazaddum   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 30'   
Shelob's Lair   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   
Middle Finger   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 30'   
Lord of the Rings   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 25'   
Out on a Whim   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 40'   
Big Kahuna   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Orange Sunshine   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Anduril   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 25'   
Glamdring   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 50'   
Black Rider   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   
Rocking the Dalai Lama   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 30'   
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Featured Route For Middle Earth
Rock Climbing Photo: Left of chimney (Room with a view)

Rocking the Dalai Lama 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  CA : San Diego County : ... : Middle Earth
Will edit with more pertinent info after leading, but on top rope the route was very enjoyable. WIth strong moves off the bat but with positive holds. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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