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Routes in Southern Comfort Wall

Best Bitters T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Black Velvet T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
DWI T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Five Easy Steps T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Have a Drink On Me T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Irish Creme T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
Lite Beer From Miller T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Lowenbrau Light T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Margaritaville T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Miller High Life T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
One Shot T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Wild Turkey T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Zombie T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
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South facing wall located north of the base of the Rabbit Ears Massif. There are several high quality trad routes on this wall. The rock tends to be good quality. There are 3 separate rappel routes which make the descent fairly easy. Bring two ropes to rappel.

Lowenbrau Light, Black Velvet, Margaritaville, and Best Bitters all use the rappel chains at the top of Five Easy Steps. This is a 165-foot rappel. If you do hang up your rope, check the bottom section of Best Bitters for retrieval options. The climbing on this part of the route is in a 5.7 range.

Wild Turkey and Zombie are best done as top ropes, the pro is not that great. To reach the anchor the two climbs share, rap down from the same chains (the ones on top of Five Easy Steps) and look to your left.

Getting There

Approach via Topp Hut Road. 30 minutes to one hour (are you in shape?) to reach the cliff. Follow the Topp Hut Road past the hut. Take a right turn at the first fork and continue up this road until its end. From here on the left, strike up a climber's trail which heads directly up the slope to the cliff's base.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Southern Comfort Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Five Easy Steps
Trad 2 pitches
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Lowenbrau Light
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Black Velvet
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Trad 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Five Easy Steps
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 2 pitches
Lowenbrau Light
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Black Velvet
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 2 pitches
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Las Cruces
cuclimbing   Las Cruces
On ElervumÂ’s Cove when doing the (P) Route from the Lost Causes guide, or the route that splits to a 10&11 near the top. Are there chains or anything to rap off of? I know there's that one bolt on the 11. We didnt make it to the top cause we weren't sure if there was a rap down... Dec 22, 2008
Aaron Hobson
Clinton, TN
Aaron Hobson   Clinton, TN
I thought I had Charlie's latest topo for Southern Comfort but apparently I don't. Elervum's Cove is the west of the main wall, where the shady oak trees are right? I've jumped on one of those routes, the one in the center of the wall that starts slabby on thin gear, and passes two bolts at a crux that is very slabby. After the crux I stayed left to reach the anchors (bolts and chains, about 30 m to ground) instead of heading right where I recall two bolts climbed over more slabbiness. Dec 23, 2008
The historic name for the area was The Fin. Kelly put up some good routes there but the area is not named after him. Jun 19, 2012

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