Upper Passes Rock Climbing
Though it's home to a small collection of nice routes, newcomers to the Upper Passes may find getting oriented harder than the climbing itself. Suck Creek Canyon's approaches aren't well-worn trails with nice switchbacks like you'll find at T-Wall, and this is expecially true for the Upper Passes. According to locals, the landslide that has always served as a good landmark has become somewhat vague, and deadfall on parts of the cliff "trail" makes things more confusing. In the words of Suck Creek regular Tyler Stracker: if you hit the cliff at the right place the first time, go buy a lottery ticket, 'cause it's your lucky day.
After crossing the bridge over Suck Creek, continue about a half-mile up the canyon to a pullout on the right. Make your way down a steep hillside to the creek; cross it, then follow a huge landslide up to the base of the cliff. Main Wall routes are located to the left of this landslide, while the Auschwitz Buttress is to the right.
Climbing Season For the All Locations area.
Weather station 8.4 miles from here
7 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For Upper Passes
Hate Crimes (aka Auschwitz Direct) 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c TN
: Suck Creek Canyon
: ... : Auschwitz Buttress
Formerly a Forrest Gardner/Jay Bell aid line, Auschwitz Direct was freed as Hate Crimes in 2002 by Mark Cartwright and Todd Wells.P1:Climb a nice offwidth that leads to hands and fingers.P2:A short unnerving pitch through a bad section of shale to a thank God ledge.P3:Climbing left through some nasty rotten overhanging rock to a roof. Climb through the roof to the top....[more] Browse More Classics in TN