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The Mordor Wall

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L to R R to L Alpha
Armaggedon T,S 
Bridge of Khazad-Dûm, The T 
Cecile T,S 
Difficulties be Damned T 
Division of Labour T 
Free Finale/Mordor Roof link-up T 
French Connection T 
Grand Finale T 
Highway 61 T 
Lights in the Forest T,S 
Mines of Moria T 
Mordor Wall, The T 
Pendulum Route T 
Slippery Corner (Apocalypse / Diagonal Variation) T 
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The Mordor Wall Rock Climbing 

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Location: 44.0636, -71.16568 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: lee hansche on Mar 3, 2007


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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.

Classics include Grande Finale (5.12), Mordor Wall (A3, some pitches have gone free), Diagonal (5.9 R) would be more popular if the top out wasn't choked with poison ivy (I've not checked for myself yet, but it doesn't sound pretty).

Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season

For the *Cathedral Ledge area.

Weather station 2.0 miles from here

16 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Mordor Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Mordor Wall:
Mines of Moria   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a C2     Trad, Aid, 4 pitches, 400'   
The Mordor Wall   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b C2     Trad, Aid, 5 pitches, 500'   
Division of Labour   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 175'   
Lights in the Forest   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 6 pitches, 400'   
Pendulum Route   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a PG13     Trad, 8 pitches, 400'   
The Bridge of Khazad-Dûm   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 6 pitches, 400'   
Highway 61   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   
Difficulties be Damned   5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: The lower corner of the route. Photo by John Chepe...

Difficulties be Damned 5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a  New Hampshire : *Cathedral Ledge : The Mordor Wall
This route is basically a direct start to the Soft Iron aid route. Start as for the second pitch of Highway 61. Climb up the corner using all kinds of techniques to a shake (around 13b to be here). Get as much back as possible and launch into a long series of hard moves. Join the Soft Iron Route, gain the hanging crack, and enjoy 5.12a climbing to rejoin the very top of Highway 61. Absolutely awesome climbing....[more]   Browse More Classics in New Hampshire

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