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The Fortress

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L to R R to L Alpha
Aerial Act T 
Big Crack T,TR 
Direct T,TR 
Eye Sockets T,TR 
Finger Crack T,TR 
Fortress Arete T,TR 
Fortress Clingon  T,TR 
Fortress Direct TR 
Fortress Fingers T,TR 
Gumbies Go Home T 

The Fortress  


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Location: 35.23491, -81.27403 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

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.

Climbing Season



Weather station 5.9 miles from here

10 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',1],['5.10',6],['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 The Fortress:
Finger Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
Fortress Fingers   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
Gumbies Go Home   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Eye Sockets   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Featured Route For The Fortress
Fortress Wall  Direct(5.9+X)trad  Crowders Mountai...

Direct 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a NC : Crowders Mountain : ... : The Fortress
This route is mostly a Top Rope route. I tried to lead 'Direct' on 09/17/2011 and I had to trend closer to 'Big Crack' due to lack of protection on the face after the first two horizontal cracks. I feel like this lead should be considered an 'X' or an 'R' due to the lack of protection above the second horizontal (unless you stay closer to 'Big Crack' which would then no longer be 'Direct').I've since found out that this route was probably 'Head Pointed' (rehearsed on TOP ROPE until dialed/memori...[more]   Browse More Classics in NC

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Fortress Wall  1)Big Crack(5.5) Trad 2)Direct(5.9X...
Fortress Wall 1)Big Crack(5.5) Trad 2)Direct(5.9X...
Gumbies Roof  Aerial Act 5.10+ R Eye Sockets 5.10 ...
Gumbies Roof Aerial Act 5.10+ R Eye Sockets 5.10 ...
GUMBIES ROOF  Aerial Act (5.10d) Eye Sockets (5.10...
GUMBIES ROOF 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.