Elevation: 6,085 ft
GPS: 43.849, -103.571 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Chris Hirsch on Aug 27, 2012
Admins: Andrew Gram, Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty
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Description

Like all the other summits behind the lake, this is a large fin formation with a NW face and SE face. Originally called Hot Potato by the Conns when they climbed it on Aug 22nd, 1955. Holds several lesser known classics, put in more recently.

Getting There

Can be approached by either the saddle below the Riddle, or by hiking past the Orc Cave. Most distinguishable landmarks is the beautiful grassy narrow corridor on the N side. And this is the highest point of all the ridgelines that make up Middle Earth.

12 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Near Downs

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
 6
West Rib
Trad 2 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 12
There and Back Again
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 23
Fool of a Took
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
 9
Thrain
Trad, Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
 10
Thror
Trad, Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 9
Ghostwriter
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 3
Straight Outta Mordor
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 6
Right Wight
Trad
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b PG13
 3
Unknown 2
Trad
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
 3
Unknown 1
Trad, Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
West Rib
 6
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13 Trad 2 pitches
There and Back Again
 12
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Fool of a Took
 23
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Thrain
 9
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13 Trad, Sport
Thror
 10
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13 Trad, Sport
Ghostwriter
 9
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Straight Outta Mordor
 3
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Right Wight
 6
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
Unknown 2
 3
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b PG13 Trad
Unknown 1
 3
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Trad, Sport
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