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Elevation: 1,142 ft
GPS: 37.83768, -83.64701
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Shared By: Chris Chaney on Oct 4, 2006 · Updates
Admins: Shirtless Mike, DrRockso RRG, Luke Cornejo, Billy Simek
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This is the best crag in the RRG for learning trad climbing. There is the greatest concentration of easier routes, with quality routes at every grade from 5.6 to 5.11.

The aspect is generally southern, with some routes getting morning sun and some getting afternoon. The wall is hot in summer, but somewhat sheltered in light rain.

There are a few easy and moderate multi-pitch routes so this is also a great wall to get a little MP practice in a well travelled setting.

Fortress can be very crowded at times. Large groups often take over the crag which can ruin everyone's day.

If you are a trad climber and visit the area you can't pass up spending some time here.

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Parking area GPS: 37.8380, -83.6440

31 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Fortress 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
 253
Calypso III
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 547
Bedtime for Bonzo
Trad 2 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R
 88
American Wall
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 260
American Crack
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 260
Calypso II
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 293
Party Time
Trad 2 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 192
Calypso I
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 127
Bombs Bursting
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 284
Snake
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
 155
Blue Runner
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 49
Calypso I (direct variation)
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 5
PLENTY Of Sun
Trad 2 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 12
Scratch Your Face
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b A2
 127
Where Lizards Dare
Trad, Aid
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 20
Thunder Chicken
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Calypso III
 253
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad
Bedtime for Bonzo
 547
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 2 pitches
American Wall
 88
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R Trad
American Crack
 260
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Calypso II
 260
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Party Time
 293
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Calypso I
 192
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Bombs Bursting
 127
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Snake
 284
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Blue Runner
 155
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Trad
Calypso I (direct variation)
 49
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
PLENTY Of Sun
 5
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 2 pitches
Scratch Your Face
 12
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Where Lizards Dare
 127
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b A2 Trad, Aid
Thunder Chicken
 20
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
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