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Mt. Doom

Mt Doom was originally known as Cherry rock, but due to a time gap in the local climbing scene it was renamed to what we call it now a days, Mt Doom. This climbing area is located just off Hwy 35 heading from Sudbury towards Azilda, just past Big Nickel Mine Road. Park on the side of the highway and walk across the bog to the obvious cliffs. Bring rubber boots or a pair of shoes you don't mind getting muddy. There is a bit of trail (which seems easier to find on the way back) but it's still under water. Bolts can be found at the top of the cliff and accessed by an easy climb on the right. There are a number of cracks that are leadable with trad gear, and one bolted sport route. With a couple of crash pads, there is also a fair amount of bouldering that can be done at this location.

The name for this location must be a Lord of the Rings reference, and with the walk through the bog, the stack puffing smoke, and slag pours in the backdrop while approaching the cliff, it’s not hard to see why it's called Mount Doom.

Mt. Doom routes


 1  Sam and Frodo Go for a Walk 5.5/5.9 | Trad

Either start up the easy climbing of the crack on the left, or start on the harder crack on the right and work your way up and left to join the main crack.

 2  Sam and Frodo Go for a Hike | 5.9 | Trad

Awkwardly climb up to the ledge and complete the crux right at the start of the climb, follow the crack to the top.

 3  Dr. Tongue's Cherry Elixir | 5.11b | 4 bolts

Grab some crappy holds and throw your left foot out to a slippery foot hold and start working your way up using an awkward pinch. An excellent, sustained climb.

 4  Isengard 5.8 | Trad

Start up the crack on the left, eventually switching into another crack further left halfway up, reach the ledge 20m up and follow another crack up the last 5m to the bolts at the top. Good protection for leading.

 5  5.7 | Trad

Climb up the crack on the right. Good protection for leading for most of the climb.

 6  5.6 | Trad

Start up on the slabby portion of the cliff on the right, eventually leading to some really easy fun climbing to the top.

 7  5.9 | Trad

Off to the right of the main face there is an obvious boulder with a fist-sized L fracture. Short but entertaining.

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Sam and Frodo Go for a Walk
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