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The Mordor Wall is perhaps the most appropriately named wall at Cathedral. The first time I looked up at that wall, it looked evil, like a steep, imposing wall seemingly devoid of holds and going on forever. Mostly known for its aid climbing, it also hosts a few desperate free routes. Most of the free climbing is in the 5.12 range, and the aid is from C2 to A4.
Hike up the well-marked trail as if going to Thin Air Face. The Mordor Wall will be right in front of you. It's the one that makes you go "Holy shit." The Thin Air face is on its left, and the Cathedral Cave on the right.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Mordor Wall:
French Connection A3 Trad, Aid, 1 pitch, 90'
Unknown A4 Aid, 1 pitch, 150'
Mines of Moria 5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a C2 Trad, Aid, 4 pitches, 400'
The Mordor Wall 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b C2 Trad, Aid, 5 pitches, 500'
Division of Labour 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Trad, 3 pitches, 175'
Lights in the Forest 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Trad, Sport, 6 pitches, 400'
Pendulum Route 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII E4 6a PG13 Trad, 8 pitches, 400'
The Bridge of Khazad-Dûm 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a Trad, 6 pitches, 400'
Free Finale/Mordor Roof link-up 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Trad, 5 pitches, 500'
Armaggedon 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b R Trad, Sport
Grand Finale 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b C2 R Trad, Aid, 400'
Highway 61 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c Trad, 4 pitches, 400'
Cecile 5.13d 8b 31 X E8 7a Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 170'
Difficulties be Damned 5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ E8 7a Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Featured Route For The Mordor Wall
Mines of Moria 5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a C2 NH : Cathedral Ledge : The Mordor Wall
Boulder up a low slopping ledge to the start of a shallow right facing corner. Easy aid up bolts and pins to a thin placement then up a nice corner to a 2 bolt anchor on the left side of a ledge, skip this and move right to another anchor next to a large flake. Up the flake to a bolt ladder, some of these bad boys are from the FA and suck. But a couple were replaced 2 years ago. Follow the bolt ladder to a flake and this to a corner and the belay. The third pitch starts up the same crack sy...[more] Browse More Classics in NH
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