The Fortress Rock Climbing
Client climbing on Fortress wall. ©2012 Northeast...
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).
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.
Weather station 5.9 miles from here
10 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in The Fortress
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Fortress:
Eye Sockets 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'
Featured Route For The Fortress
Direct 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
: 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
GUMBIES ROOF Aerial Act (5.10d) Eye Sockets (5.10...
Gumbies Roof Aerial Act 5.10+ R Eye Sockets 5.10 ...
Fortress Wall 1)Big Crack(5.5) Trad 2)Direct(5.9X...
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.