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Middle-earth is the first area you'll come across if you're taking the usual approach into Ozone--and, conveniently, it's home to a variety of excellent warmup routes! There are a few cracks which I can't comment on since I haven't climbed them, and three sport routes rated 5.9, 5.10a, and 5.11a.
Middle-earth is the first collection of long, bolted climbs you'll see as you descend into Ozone from the standard (western) approach trail. The trail will split, with the left fork leading up to a bulge of rock and the right fork leading down to the rest of the crag. The climbs off the left fork comprise Middle-earth.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for (2) Middle Earth:
Helm's Deep 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, 85'
House of Pain 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, 50'
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Grab n' Go 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b WA : Southwest Cascades : ... : (2) Middle Earth
This is a fun new route, sandwiched between House of Pain (5.11a) and Redhorn Gate (5.8). It shares the House of Pain anchors. It pretty sustained, which might make the 5.10d rating feel harder if you don't have a lot of endurance. Start under the roof on the right side below the first bolt. Uses a combination of underclings, a couple jugs, and a strenuous and crimpy crux. Follow the bolt line straight up. If you try to venture too far left or right, you will end up getting into awkward moves th...[more] Browse More Classics in WA
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