Elevation: 1,040 ft
GPS: 35.6037, -85.8691
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Description

There's probably no place in the southeast that has such a high concentration of great climbing destinations as has Tennessee. Within an hour's drive of Chattanooga alone are eight crags with enough routes to last you a lifetime. And if you ever get tired of Chattanooga, there's plenty of other climbing areas to keep you busy, from Nashville to the west to Knoxville in the east.

Much of the climbing in Tennessee is on the Cumberland Plateau, a 300-mile ridge that stretches into Alabama and Kentucky. The rock is hard, high-quality sandstone, and the terrain can include long crack climbs and overhanging jugfests. The variety is incredible.

Tennessee boasts climbing year-round. In the dead of winter, you'll see climbers on the rock in their t-shirts at such south-facing crags as Tennessee Wall. When summer's at its hottest, Sunset Park is a great destination: its west-facing cliff stays shady until well into the afternoon.

There's plenty to do no matter what your climbing style. For trad leaders, T-Wall and Sunset are the top choices; other trad destinations include Suck Creek Canyon and Prentice Cooper. Sport climbers can clip bolts at Foster Falls and Obed. And there's a little of both at Leda. For the truly adventurous who want to carve out their own routes, there's Big South Fork, a real climbing frontier.

Guidebook

For the authoritative guidebook to Tennessee climbing, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of the Dixie Cragger's Atlas by Chris Watford. If you plan to spend much time in the state, the DCA should be part of your climbing gear.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Tennessee

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V2 5+ PG13
 94
Storming the Castle
Boulder
V4 6B
 437
Super Mario
Boulder
V6 7A
 253
The Wave
Boulder
V7 7A+
 86
Celestial Mechanics
Boulder
V7 7A+
 142
Tennessee Thong
Boulder
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 236
In Pursuit of Excellence
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 160
Holy War
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 304
Cake Walk
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 121
Points O' Contact
Trad
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 109
Saddam Hussein
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 228
Heresy
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 93
Tieranny
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 88
Satisfaction
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 156
Solstice
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 88
Rage
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Storming the Castle Stone Fort > Front Area
 94
V2 5+ PG13 Boulder
Super Mario Stone Fort > Super Mario/ Cinderel…
 437
V4 6B Boulder
The Wave Stone Fort > Front Area
 253
V6 7A Boulder
Celestial Mechanics Stone Fort > Central Area
 86
V7 7A+ Boulder
Tennessee Thong Stone Fort > Front Area
 142
V7 7A+ Boulder
In Pursuit of Excellence Tennessee Wall > T-Wall East
 236
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Holy War Foster Falls > Wall of Useless Conflict
 160
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Cake Walk Tennessee Wall > T-Wall East
 304
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Points O' Contact Tennessee Wall > T-Wall East
 121
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Saddam Hussein Obed & Clear Creek > N Clear Creek > N Clear Creek
 109
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Heresy Obed & Clear Creek > Lilly Bluff
 228
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Tieranny Obed & Clear Creek > Tieranny Roofs
 93
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Satisfaction Foster Falls > White Wall
 88
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Solstice Obed & Clear Creek > S Clear Creek > Solstice Cave
 156
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Rage Obed & Clear Creek > S Clear Creek > Stephen King Library
 88
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
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