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The is the first area on the left from the summit ridge trail. It is identifiable by a cave with some very fun-looking overhanging routes (which can be top-roped). The rock is solid and the area is popular, so expect crowds (and sometimes ghetto-blasters).

Getting There 

This area is perhaps 5 minutes from the Practice Wall along the summit ridge. This area is concentrated with several walls and The Fortress is the first on the left.

8 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Fortress:
Finger Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
Fortress Fingers   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
Eye Sockets   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
Gumbies Go Home   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Gumbies Go Home 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b  NC : Crowders Mountain : ... : The Fortress
This is the big roof right of the Fortress. In center of roof is a "hole". Climb the right arching feature to right of the hole. Reach left, grab the hole, and pull the roof. Bonus style points if you put feet in hole and get an inverted rest!...[more]   Browse More Classics in NC

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Fortress Wall <br /> <br />1)Big Crack(5.5) Trad <br />2)Direct(5.9X) Trad <br />3)Fortress Direct(5.10+)TopRope  <br />4)Fortress Fingers(5.10)Trad <br />5)Finger Crack(5.6)Trad <br /> <br />Crowders Mountain State Park, North Carolina <br />
Fortress Wall

1)Big Crack(5.5) Trad
Gumbies Roof <br /> <br />Aerial Act 5.10+ R <br />Eye Sockets 5.10 <br />Gumbies Go Home 5.10 <br /> <br />Crowders Mountain State Park, North Carolina
Gumbies Roof

Aerial Act 5.10+ R
Eye Sockets 5.10
GUMBIES ROOF <br /> <br />Aerial Act (5.10d) <br />Eye Sockets (5.10) <br />Gumbies Go Home (5.10d) <br /> <br />Crowders Mountain State Park, North Carolina

Aerial Act (5.10d)
Eye Sockets (5.10...
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By Joshua McDaniel
From: Johnson City, TN
Dec 4, 2011

Fortress Wall can be tolerable (by Crowders standards) during the heat of the day since it is kind of in a gully and somewhat protected from the sun.