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Suck Creek Canyon  


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Description 

For climbers looking for a Chattanooga crag less crowded than T-Wall, with a little alpine-style adventure thrown in, Suck Creek Canyon is the place to go.

Climbing in Suck Creek Canyon dates back at least to the late 1970s. Rob Robinson, Forrest Gardner and Peter Henley established numerous lines in the Roadside Wall and Upper Passes areas during the 80s; later in that decade, Gardner and Todd Wells began developing the Concentration Camp section.

Anyone used to the solid and reliable sandstone of cliffs like T-Wall and Sunset will need to adjust their expectations at Suck Creek. The rock quality is variable; some routes may have sections of loose or rotten rock to deal with. But the reward for dealing with this suspect stone is some of the longest routes in Tennessee, including three-pitch lines like Flying Fortress (5.10a) and Bombs Away (5.8). There's also several aid/mixed lines for added spice.

Getting There 

From downtown Chattanooga, take US 27 north. About a mile after crossing the Tennessee River, exit on 127 north (Signal Mountain Road). Continuing toward Signal Mountain about 1.5 miles, turn left on Suck Creek Road (27 west). Continue about four miles (past a cement plant) and cross a bridge over Suck Creek. This is where you would turn off for T-Wall. After crossing the bridge, continue up the canyon to turnoffs for the different Suck Creek areas.

Climbing Season

For the All Locations area.

Weather station 8.4 miles from here

19 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',6],['5.9',4],['5.10',5],['5.11',3],['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 Suck Creek Canyon:
Bombs Away   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 310'   Flying Squirrel Buttress
Nifty Nine   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Roadside Wall
The Rose   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 110'   Roadside Wall
Special Olympics   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Roadside Wall
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Featured Route For Suck Creek Canyon
Start of route. Probably the crux.

GPS Crack 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  TN : Suck Creek Canyon : Roadside Wall
Squirm up a chimney, then out onto the face. Jam a hand crack over a small roof, trending left and up a right-facing corner to the top. Bouldery start, but look for a golden fist-jam in the crack to get your body upright....[more]   Browse More Classics in TN

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