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Minas Tirith 

YDS: 5.9- French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 16 British: HVS 4c PG13

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 100'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9- French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 16 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Bob Compton, 1970s
Season: All
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Submitted By: Chris Chaney on Aug 29, 2006

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On the Top of Minias Tirith, Amazing view of the G...


While the road was closed in 2005 and early 2006 this offered a nice remote climb on a very aesthetic spire. It was very cool to bike in to do this climb.

The route is comprised of fun face climbing next to a wide crack that is initially steep but quickly relents. The second pitch is on the shady side and is more of a boulder problem. Avoid the leftward traverse and boulder straight up the face on stellar moves. Of course you should do the route a second time to do the leftward traverse just for the cowboy move onto the arete. Many variations exist on the pinnacle.


Indian Creek area, near the mouth of Powell Branch. GPS: 37.8749°N, 83.6617°W


A decent mix of passive and active pro, nothing extreme on either end will get you up the route. make sure you take webbing for the rap just in case.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Thad Nelson on Minas Tirith
Thad Nelson on Minas Tirith
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The second pitch is little more than a boulder pro...
Rock Climbing Photo: Minas Tirith 5.9-
BETA PHOTO: Minas Tirith 5.9-

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By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Aug 29, 2006
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13

Years ago, it was most common to simul-rap from the summit. A 50M rope will reach.
By Chris Chaney
From: Stanton, Kentucky
Oct 13, 2006

There are actually bolts on top now. They aren't in the best position, but if you extend them with webbing you can pull a 60m rope from the ground.

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