Elevation: 1,142 ft
GPS: 37.838, -83.647 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 90,512 total · 497/month
Shared By: Chris Chaney on Oct 4, 2006 · Updates
Admins: Shirtless Mike, saxfiend, DrRockso, Billy Simek
Access Issue: New route development is prohibited in the Daniel Boone National Forest. Details

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

30 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
 66
American Wall
Trad
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 188
Calypso III
Trad
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 67
Route 48
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 430
Bedtime for Bonzo
Trad 2 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 210
American Crack
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 210
Calypso II
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 231
Party Time
Trad 2 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 152
Calypso I
Trad
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 30
[Redacted]
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 104
Bombs Bursting
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 223
Snake
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
 120
Blue Runner
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 17
Calypso I (direct variation)
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b A2
 95
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
 66
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a R Trad
Calypso III
 188
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad
Route 48
 67
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad
Bedtime for Bonzo
 430
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 2 pitches
American Crack
 210
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Calypso II
 210
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Party Time
 231
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Calypso I
 152
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
[Redacted]
 30
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad
Bombs Bursting
 104
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Snake
 223
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Blue Runner
 120
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Trad
Calypso I (direct variation)
 17
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Where Lizards Dare
 95
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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