Sam's Throne & Surroundings Rock Climbing
"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.
Cliff band on the opposite side of Sam's Throne that hosts many classics one one of the more aesthetic areas in the region.
An annex of the cave creek valley. Home to many tall and harder lines that will keep you coming back for more.
Tyler Casey on "Tainted Love"
Photo: Sam Matthews
An isolated mountain top capped with sandstone all around featuring a unique pillar that makes for great climbing and highlining
Matt Daniels Climbing "The show me state"
Photo: Tyler Casey
The northwestern part of the state. Cities to look for include Harrison and Mt. Judea.
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
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Sam's Throne & Surroundings:
Featured Route For Sam's Throne & Surroundings
Bereavement (Formerly "Dreadlock Rasta") 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a
: 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
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.