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"Windy Arm Buster" Sam's Throne


The true origin of Ozark climbing stems from this area. Aesthetically pleasing faces loom over an exposed ridge littered with beautiful pines below.

Sam's Throne is the patriarch to all climbing in Arkansas and still holds a truly classic ethic on how climbing is conducted in the area. Few sport lines exist here, however the ones that do are some of the best around.

To fill your sport climbing fix, one must travel to

Valley Of The Blind

An exposed valley of rock that hosts some of the best lines in the state.
Rock Climbing Photo: Photo: Sam Matthews
Photo: Sam Matthews

Cave Creek

Cliff band on the opposite side of Sam's Throne that hosts many classics one one of the more aesthetic areas in the region.
Rock Climbing Photo: Brick Attack
Brick Attack

Candy Mountain

An annex of the cave creek valley. Home to many tall and harder lines that will keep you coming back for more.
Rock Climbing Photo: Tyler Casey on "Tainted Love"  Photo: Sa...
Tyler Casey on "Tainted Love"

Photo: Sam Matthews

Stack Rock

An isolated mountain top capped with sandstone all around featuring a unique pillar that makes for great climbing and highlining
Rock Climbing Photo: Matt Daniels Climbing "The show me state"...
Matt Daniels Climbing "The show me state"

Photo: Tyler Casey

Getting There 

The northwestern part of the state. Cities to look for include Harrison and Mt. Judea.

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.7 miles from here

233 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',31],['3 Stars',121],['2 Stars',66],['1 Star',10],['Bomb',2]

Classic Climbing Routes in Sam's Throne & Surroundings

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Sam's Throne & Surroundings:
Boston Rag   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   The Throne : White Trash Wall
Poison Ivy   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 55'   The Throne : Poison Ivy Wall
Albino Rhino   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 55'   The Throne : South Side & Albino Rhino W...
Slam Dance   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   East Main Bluff : The Prow & Reality Wall
Patio Direct   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   The Throne : The Plaque Wall
Razorback Roof   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   West Main Bluff : Arachnophobia, Dark Side, &...
Stems and Seeds   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 55'   Cave Creek : Gravity Slab/Meltdown Wall
Diet Pepsi   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   West Main Bluff : Arachnophobia, Dark Side, &...
Involuntary Manslaughter   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch   Cave Creek : Brick Attack Area
Windy Armbuster   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   East Main Bluff : Chickenhead Wall
Gracious Grant   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 65'   Candy Mountain
Wizard and Glass   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 60'   Candy Mountain
Dead Dog   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   East Main Bluff : Dead Dog & Energamata Walls
Achilles Heel   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 60'   Candy Mountain
Arkansas Reality   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 55'   East Main Bluff : The Prow & Reality Wall
The Show Me State   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 65'   Stack Rock : The Heart Chamber
Flying Elvis   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Cave Creek : Brick Attack Area
Brick Attack    5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   Cave Creek : Brick Attack Area
Painted Warrior   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Valley of The Blind
The Black   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Valley of The Blind
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Featured Route For Sam's Throne & Surroundings
Rock Climbing Photo: Working the FFA

Bereavement (Formerly "Dreadlock Rasta") 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a AR : Sam's Throne & Surroundings : ... : The Plaque Wall
Considered to be one of the most beautiful walls in Arkansas. This route follows the most obvious weakness on the left center of the wall with excellent movement the entire way. Start as for Instant Karma then go right through dihedral, clip a fixed pin, head out right onto the face through a finger crack, horizontals, and finish with a seam using the small crimps on each side up to a small dihedral and roof. One last long move to good ledges and the glorious finish. Climbs more like a face than...[more]   Browse More Classics in AR

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Matt Daniels on "The Show Me State" Pho...
Rock Climbing Photo: Rock Climbing Arkansas by Cole Fennel
Rock Climbing Arkansas by Cole Fennel
Rock Climbing Photo: Tiny hitch hiking lizard at Sam's Throne wanted an...
Tiny hitch hiking lizard at Sam's Throne wanted an...

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By Jason Haas
Nov 2, 2009
The new comprehensive color guidebook to the state by Cole Fennel is now available in stores. This tome is 400 pages and describes nearly 1500 routes and 350 boulder problems.
By Tony Mayse
May 15, 2010
Cole's book is a nice color guide with nice action photos. The book down grades many routes. I have been climbing in Arkansas for the last 20 years and am taken back by the the multiple down grades on routes that have been established and confirmed by many climbers over the years. Ratings should not be down graded once you have dialed the route and decided that it is easier. Grades are set for on-sights not rehearsed work sessions. Clay's book gives a more realistic rating of the routes in my opinion.
By Luke Stollings
From: Austin, TX
Jun 29, 2010
See more comments about the Rock Climbing in Arkansas guidebook by Cole Fennel at the main Arkansas page including a review I wrote for Google Books.
By Bill Fitzgerald
From: Little Rock, AR
Aug 10, 2010
The National Forest Service is currently conducting a Heritage Site Review at Hudson Mountain and the Invasion Wall climbing areas near Cowell, AR during the month of August. The FS is asking that climbers, hikers, and all other users avoid these areas during the review process. Please respect the USFS request and pass the word on to other climbers.
By C. Archibald
Sep 6, 2015
Remember there is NO trash service at the Sam's Throne campground.

People have been piling trash in the outhouses. It's just sitting there, attracting pests. Please pack it out.

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