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Digit 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
East Lies Iron Hills 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Erebor 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Ered Lithui 2 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Fanghorn Hills 2 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Far Downs 3 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Gror 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Khazad Dum 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Near Downs 10 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12
TOWERS OF TEETH 3 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Torech Ungol 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
West Lies Mirkwood 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Elevation: 6,116 ft
GPS: 43.848, -103.572 Google Map · Climbing Map
Page Views: 27,582 total, 146/month
Shared By: Peter Gram on Jun 25, 2002
Admins: Andrew Gram, Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Andy Busse, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty

Description

Middle Earth can be a very confusing area to visit. It is climbed in much less often than the Outlets, so expect solitude on most routes. Many routes require the better part of a rope length, requiring two ropes to rappel. Some good climbs are Hrum Hroom and Three Rings for the Elven Kings (very popular though).

This area's theme is inspired by J.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings (long before the movie came out). The names come right from places and characters in these books. How appopriate too, as this area has a very magical feel to it...

Getting There

Follow the signs from Hill City to Sylvan Lake (same as the Outlets). Hike around the lake heading north from the car. Walk through the Outlets until reaching the field north of Outer Outlet. From here, walk up the hill on the trail using switchbacks. At this hill crest is where Middle Earth begins. A left up another hill brings one to Hrum Hroom and Quickbeam. Most routes are located by heading down the hill from this crest and heading up gullies between rock formations.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Middle Earth

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Quickbeam
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Hrum Hroom
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Of Quartz It Goes
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Left Wing of Smaug
Trad, Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Waste Knot
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
West Rib
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Three Rings for the Elven Kings
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Fool of a Took
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
Thrain
Trad, Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
Thror
Trad, Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
Knob Goblin
Trad
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
The Eye of Sauron
Trad
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Goldberry Lane
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Right Wight
Trad
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Unknown 1
Trad, Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Quickbeam Fanghorn Hills 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Sport
Hrum Hroom Fanghorn Hills 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Of Quartz It Goes Far Downs 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Left Wing of Smaug Far Downs 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Sport
Waste Knot TOWERS OF TEETH > EPHEL DUATH 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
West Rib Near Downs 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Three Rings for the Elven K… Erebor 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Fool of a Took Near Downs 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Thrain Near Downs 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13 Trad, Sport
Thror Near Downs 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13 Trad, Sport
Knob Goblin W Lies Mirkwood 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13 Trad
The Eye of Sauron E Lies Iron Hills 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c PG13 Trad
Goldberry Lane Ered Lithui 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Right Wight Near Downs 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
Unknown 1 Near Downs 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Trad, Sport
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