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Far Downs

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Bard S 
Left Wing of Smaug T,S 
Of Quartz It Goes S 
Orcrist T 
Wet Elf T 

Far Downs Rock Climbing 

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Jerry moves on up towards the false summit of Bard...


The North face of Far Downs provides welcome shade during the heat of Summer. The area is incredibly beautiful, and absolutely no tourists ever bother you. The routes here are all high quality... and the summit views are as fine as any in the Needles.

Getting There 

Far Downs is the next formation immediately West of Erebor. However, the easiest approach follows the trail down hill from Near Downs.

Climbing Season

For the Middle Earth area.

Weather station 4.7 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Far Downs

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Far Downs:
Of Quartz It Goes   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 125'   
Bard   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Left Wing of Smaug   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   
Orcrist   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 160'   
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Featured Route For Far Downs
Rock Climbing Photo: Of Quartz it Goes

Of Quartz It Goes 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  South Dakota : Custer State Park : ... : Far Downs
Dingus McGee's guide book rates this route 5.6. I thought it felt a bit stiffer than that. Big quartz knobs gradually become smaller and slope the "wrong" way. A couple moves between bolts 4 and 6 make you concentrate... just as the wall bulges a bit... hence "my" grade....[more]   Browse More Classics in South Dakota

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