Viewed from below Out of My Way.
This is the best crag in the RRG for learning trad climbing. There is the greatest concentration of easier routes, with quality routes at every grade from 5.6 to 5.11.
The aspect is generally southern, with some routes getting morning sun and some getting afternoon. The wall is hot in summer, but somewhat sheltered in light rain.
There are a few easy and moderate multi-pitch routes so this is also a great wall to get a little MP practice in a well travelled setting.
Fortress can be very crowded at times. Large groups often take over the crag which can ruin everyone's day.
If you are a trad climber and visit the area you can't pass up spending some time here.
Parking area GPS: 37.8380, -83.6440
Weather station 2.2 miles from here
19 Total Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Fortress Wall:
Route 48 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Party Time 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, 2 pitches, 140'
Horny Bitch 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 140'
Snake 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Blue Runner 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Featured Route For Fortress Wall
Bedtime for Bonzo 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b KY
: Red River Gorge
: Fortress Wall
A great route normally done as 2 short pitches. Climb a left-angling flake to a big ledge with a huge block on it. Belay here to avoid a bad line with your rope, even though you are not yet more than 50' up. Walk right to a second crack in the wall which ascends up and right on hand jams (crux) and horizontal holds through a steep section headed out right towards an arete. Finish on face moves to reach the top. Belay & rap from bolt anchors....[more] Browse More Classics in KY
Latest Regional Forum Messages
From: Decatur, GA
Oct 27, 2008
Outstanding trad area, but if you're not prepared for Gunks-style sandbagging, you'll get a rude awakening!
By Drake Pregnall
From: Boulder, CO
Mar 19, 2012
Absolutely agree with you there. I climb in the Gunks and the Adirondacks regularly, two very sandbagged places, and I still found the Fortress Wall grades to be a bit stiff.
Jun 16, 2014
Approach: Park at the 2nd pullout with a wooden post and forest service sign (but no wording, just wood). Can park about 5 cars. Approach is about 10 minutes and you'll wind up at the Snake 5.8 Trad 60 feet climb.