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Routes in Middle Earth

Afterthought TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Anduril S,TR 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Art Imitates Life S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Art of the Pissant S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Big Kahuna S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Black Rider S,TR 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Caradhras T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Cirith Ungol T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Clairemont Calling TR 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Dimrill Stair T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Dwarrowdelf T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Easy Rider S,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Fangorn Crack T,TR 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Fool's Gold S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Gandalf T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Glamdring S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Grandpa's Dihedral TR 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Isengard S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Karmic Relief S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Khazaddum S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Little Bruiser T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Lord of the Rings S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Marranon T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Merryanne TR 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
Middle Finger TR 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Nameless Right of Shadowfax TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Nameless to the right of Fools Gold T,TR 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Orange Sunshine S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Orc T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Orthanc S 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
Out on a Whim T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Radagast T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Risky Business T,S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Rock Wrestling T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Rocking the Dalai Lama S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Room With A View (aka Helm's Deep) T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Sam I Am T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Shadowfax T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Shelob's Lair T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Slice and Dice T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Smeagol's Surprise T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Straight Out of Sitka TR 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Strider TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Strider Face TR 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
When Good Books Go Bad TR 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
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Description

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.

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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.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 89
Shadowfax
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 56
Dimrill Stair
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 76
Sam I Am
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 34
Dwarrowdelf
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 32
Caradhras
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 79
Karmic Relief
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 31
Fool's Gold
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 56
Khazaddum
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 30
Lord of the Rings
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 16
Middle Finger
TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 14
Big Kahuna
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 81
Orange Sunshine
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 42
Glamdring
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 19
Black Rider
Sport, TR
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 10
Rocking the Dalai Lama
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Shadowfax
 89
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Dimrill Stair
 56
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Sam I Am
 76
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Dwarrowdelf
 34
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Caradhras
 32
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Karmic Relief
 79
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Fool's Gold
 31
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Khazaddum
 56
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Lord of the Rings
 30
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Middle Finger
 16
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b TR
Big Kahuna
 14
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Orange Sunshine
 81
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Glamdring
 42
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Black Rider
 19
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, TR
Rocking the Dalai Lama
 10
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
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