g. V3 - Middle Earth Rock Climbing
Josh Byford in the midst of the Wisecrack crux.
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Along the Cliff
This area is really a collection of smaller areas, with routes mostly 5.6 and above (except for Red's Ruin, which - trust me on this - you really don't want to climb). Don't miss: Raunchy
, Never Never Land
, Middle Earth
, or Thin Slabs / Thin Slabs Direct
. In addition, you can use one of several routes to get to the GT ledge at Middle Earth
, then stay up there and climb several neighboring third pitches while enjoying the view.
We start this area at the Mantle Block: a 50-foot tall block leaning against the main cliff, with a 4' roof across its front face, home to the routes Dis Mantel
and Dat Mantel, which must be pronounced, even in your head, with a German accent, even though you don't absolutely have to mantle them on ascent.
The northern extent of this area is marked by the "height of land" as the trail rises just after the Sente
/ Thin Slabs area; past Snake
, just past the height of land, you'll find the Arrow
wall and area. Approach:
For routes between the Mantle block and Cakewalk or so, use the V-3 approach
trail. For the Middle Earth and Thin Slabs areas, follow this 2010 masterpiece of trailwork
In this area, mostly by trees at individual routes. Descend from the cliff top is possible for routes near Middle Earth
via 3 single-rope rappels from bolt anchors. The clifftop anchor is next to the pine tree at the top of Middle Earth
. And please be careful of climbers below - it's a very popular area. V-3
has a pair of bolts above its first pitch, as do Cakewalk
and Never Never Land
From the top of Thin Slabs, heading north to the Arrow bolted rappel line is also a close-by option, and an easier way to avoid ascending parties.
Dat Mantel: 5.10, PG Dis-Mantel
: 5.10, G
Kernmantle: 5.8, PG
High Times: 5.9+, PG-R
Stop the Presses Mr. Williams: 5.8+, PG Gory Thumb
: 5.8+, G-PG Raunchy
: 5.8, PG Wild Horses
: 5.9, R Badfinger
: 5.9+, PG
Help!: 5.11+, R
Pleh: 5.11+, R V-3
: 5.7, G (**) City Streets
: 5.10, PG Country Roads
: 5.10, PG Commando Rave
: 5.9, PG
Metropolis: 5.11+, PG-R Beyond the Fringe
: 5.9, R Balrog
: 5.10, G-PG
Bullfrog: 5.12-, PG-R
Blind Alley: 5.8, PG Dry Heaves
: 5.8, PG Alley Oop
: 5.7, PG
Cheap Thrills: 5.10, PG
Deep Chills: 5.11+, R-X Cakewalk
: 5.7, PG (**)
Nurdland: 5.10, R Turdland
: 5.10+, PG Triangle
: 5.9-, PG
Nevermore: 5.10, PG-R Never Say Never
: 5.10, R-X Never Never Land
: 5.10-, PG (**) J'accuse
: 5.10, R
Welcome to my Nightmare: 5.10, X Absurdland
: 5.9, PG
Blunderbus: 5.9, R Wisecrack
: 5.6, G
Wiseland: 5.9+, PG-R Wonderland
: 5.8, PG Faithful Journey
: 5.8+, G Middle Earth
: 5.7-, G Bombs Away Dream Baby
: 5.8, G
Journey's End: 5.10-, G
Red's Ruin: 5.2, G
Smegma Garden and Pigeon: 4, G
Snowpatch: 5.5, PG Sente
: 5.9-, PG
Tenta: 5.10, TR Thin Slabs / Thin Slabs Direct
: 5.7, PG-R On Any Monday
: 5.11-, PG Snake
: 5.6, PG Talus of Powder
: 5.8, R-X
Weather station 2.3 miles from here
38 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',15],['2 Stars',19],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in g. V3 - Middle Earth
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for g. V3 - Middle Earth:
Wisecrack 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, 3 pitches, 230'
Cakewalk 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
V-3 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Alley Oop 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, 2 pitches, 180'
Absurdland 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Wonderland 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 3 pitches, 250'
Raunchy 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Gory Thumb 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
PG13 Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Sente 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Badfinger 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Nevermore 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
J'accuse 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Balrog 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 75'
Featured Route For g. V3 - Middle Earth
V-3 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b NY
: The Gunks
: ... : g. V3 - Middle Earth
Another classic Gunks 5.7 pitch, sustained and interesting.The V-3 access trail is about an 11-min. walk from the Uberfall, and a 7-min. walk from where the East Trapps Connector Trail meets the carriage road. This is just past a sitting boulder on the right. At the cliff, look for a crack directly below a large V-shaped notch at the right end of a roof band. P1: Start just right of a boulder leaning against the cliff. Climb the cracks and corners, aiming for the exposed V-notch. Continue up a...[more] Browse More Classics in NY
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