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Fortress Wall

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Fortress Wall 


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Location: 37.8417, -83.64379 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Chris Chaney on Oct 4, 2006
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Description 

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.


Getting There 

Parking area GPS: 37.8380, -83.6440


Climbing Season


19 Total Routes


['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',8],['5.7',2],['5.8',3],['5.9',3],['5.10',3],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['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 Fortress Wall:
Calypso III   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Route 48   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Bedtime for Bonzo   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 100'   
American Wall   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
American Crack   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Calypso II   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Calypso I   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 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'   
Bombs Bursting   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 60'   
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'   
Where Lizards Dare   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a A2     Trad, Aid, 1 pitch, 70'   
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Featured Route For Fortress Wall
Tony Bubb Starts Up Party Time (5.7, Fortress Wall, Red River Gorge). Photo by Casey Rhodes (Now Casey Pettingill) circa 1991.

Party Time 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  KY : Red River Gorge : Fortress Wall
One of the nicest moderate trad routes in the Red, and it takes good gear if you have it. The first pitch takes a few larger cams (perhaps to 4") and the scond pitch a standard light rack. Bolted belay/rap anchors make this climb a good first multi-pitch....[more]   Browse More Classics in KY

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By saxfiend
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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: Morehead, KY
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.

By Dreez
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.