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Abridged Version, The T 
Belly of the Dragon T 
Fool of a Took T 
Ghostwriter S 
Right Wight T 
Straight Outta Mordor S 
There and Back Again T 
Thrain T,S 
Thror T,S 
Unknown 1 T,S 
Unknown 2 T 
West Rib T 
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Near Downs Rock Climbing 

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Location: 43.8486, -103.5705 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Chris Hirsch on Aug 27, 2012
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Henning Boldt on the final arete of Fool for a Too...


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.

Climbing Season

For the Middle Earth area.

Weather station 5.9 miles from here

12 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Near Downs

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Near Downs:
There and Back Again   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 125'   
Fool of a Took   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
Thrain   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   
Thror   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 135'   
Ghostwriter   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 115'   
Straight Outta Mordor   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Right Wight   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 140'   
Unknown 2   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 125'   
Unknown 1   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   
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Featured Route For Near Downs
Rock Climbing Photo: Thror. Photo: Henning Boldt. Sept 2013.

Thror 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13  SD : Custer State Park : ... : Near Downs
Just as awesome as 'Thrain'. Follow right trending bolt line through the crux, place a hand? size cam, then keep trucking to the top....[more]   Browse More Classics in SD

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