Elevation: 1,142 ft
GPS: 37.838, -83.647 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 71,984 total · 427/month
Shared By: Chris Chaney on Oct 4, 2006 with 1 Suggestions
Admins: Shirtless Mike, saxfiend, DrRockso, Billy Simek

Description

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.

Getting There

Parking area GPS: 37.8380, -83.6440

26 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 R
 58
American Wall
Trad
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 167
Calypso III
Trad
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 59
Route 48
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 378
Bedtime for Bonzo
Trad 2 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 184
American Crack
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 187
Calypso II
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 207
Party Time
Trad 2 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 137
Calypso I
Trad
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 27
Horny Bitch
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 97
Bombs Bursting
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 203
Snake
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
 106
Blue Runner
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 9
Calypso I (direct variation)
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b A2
 87
Where Lizards Dare
Trad, Aid
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 11
Thunder Chicken
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
American Wall
 58
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a R Trad
Calypso III
 167
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad
Route 48
 59
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad
Bedtime for Bonzo
 378
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 2 pitches
American Crack
 184
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Calypso II
 187
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Party Time
 207
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Calypso I
 137
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Horny Bitch
 27
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad
Bombs Bursting
 97
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Snake
 203
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Blue Runner
 106
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Trad
Calypso I (direct variation)
 9
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Where Lizards Dare
 87
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b A2 Trad, Aid
Thunder Chicken
 11
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
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