Mirk­wood For­est

Gripped - - NATIVE STONES -

The Mirk­wood For­est crag is lo­cated just off the ap­proach trail to The Coli­seum and of­fers an al­ter­na­tive warm-up op­tion as well as be­ing a des­ti­na­tion in its own right. The crag houses easy to mod­er­ate trad lines on a ver­ti­cal wall in a quiet for­est set­ting. The wall rarely sees the sun, which makes it a perfect des­ti­na­tion on a hot sunny day. The f lip side, how­ever, is that the damp win­ters leave it cov­ered in a green car­pet of moss. Ex­pect at least a lit­tle scrub­bing to be re­quired on your f irst visit, but don’t let it de­ter you from the qual­ity lines hid­den be­neath. In the words of guide­book au­thor Al Agop­sow­icz, “Old school West Coast­ers keep a wire brush on their har­ness.”

Right: Mar­cel Aar­den climbs High­way Robbery 5.13b

Be­low: Se­bastien But­ton climbs High­way Robbery 5.13b

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