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Near Downs  


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Location: 43.8486, -103.5705 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

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



Weather station 5.9 miles from here

11 Total Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',2],['5.9',1],['5.10',3],['5.11',1],['5.12',4],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated 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 16 HVS 4c     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 1   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   
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Featured Route For Near Downs
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Ghostwriter 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  SD : Custer State Park : ... : Near Downs
Well protected cruxes down low then increasing runouts. Quite technical with hard to find holds. Possible to share the last bolt of the route to the right. This line was first envisioned by Shaffer, who put in the first two bolts....[more]   Browse More Classics in SD

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