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The Mordor Wall 

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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.

16 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Mordor Wall:
The Mordor Wall   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b C2     Trad, Aid, 5 pitches, 500'   
Division of Labour   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 175'   
Lights in the Forest   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 6 pitches, 400'   
Pendulum Route   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII E4 6a PG13     Trad, 8 pitches, 400'   
The Bridge of Khazad-Dm   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Trad, 6 pitches, 400'   
Highway 61   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   
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Paul Ross leading pitch two on the First Ascent.May 1972

Mines of Moria 5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a C2  NH : Cathedral Ledge : The Mordor Wall
Boulder up a low slopping ledge to the start of a shallow right facing corner. Easy aid up bolts and pins to a thin placement then up a nice corner to a 2 bolt anchor on the left side of a ledge, skip this and move right to another anchor next to a large flake. Up the flake to a bolt ladder, some of these bad boys are from the FA and suck. But a couple were replaced 2 years ago. Follow the bolt ladder to a flake and this to a corner and the belay. The third pitch starts up the same crack sy...[more]   Browse More Classics in NH

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