Elevation: 1,036 ft
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Shared By: saxfiend on Nov 16, 2006 with improvements by Luke R and 2 others
Admins: saxfiend, Brad "Stonyman" Killough
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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.
V4 6B
 295
Super Mario
Boulder
V6 7A
 175
The Wave
Boulder
V7 7A+
 86
Tennessee Thong
Boulder
V8- 7B
 78
Grimace
Boulder
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 81
Stan's Crack
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 314
Golden Locks
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 108
Holy War
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 191
In Pursuit of Excellence
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 243
Cake Walk
Trad
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 260
Spawn
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 91
Points O' Contact
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 114
Standing Room Only
Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 78
Saddam Hussein
Sport 2 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 168
Heresy
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 114
Solstice
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Super Mario Stone Ft (aka Little…
 295
V4 6B Boulder
The Wave Stone Ft (aka Little…
 175
V6 7A Boulder
Tennessee Thong Stone Ft (aka Little…
 86
V7 7A+ Boulder
Grimace Stone Ft (aka Little…
 78
V8- 7B Boulder
Stan's Crack Sunset Park > Sunset North
 81
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Golden Locks Tennessee Wall > T-Wall East
 314
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Holy War Foster Falls > Wall of Useless Conflict
 108
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
In Pursuit of Excellence Tennessee Wall > T-Wall East
 191
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Cake Walk Tennessee Wall > T-Wall East
 243
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Spawn Obed & Clear Creek > S Clear Creek > Image Wall
 260
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Points O' Contact Tennessee Wall > T-Wall East
 91
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Standing Room Only Foster Falls > Crime Buttress
 114
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Saddam Hussein Obed & Clear Creek > N Clear Creek > N Clear Creek
 78
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport 2 pitches
Heresy Obed & Clear Creek > Lilly Bluff
 168
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Solstice Obed & Clear Creek > S Clear Creek > Solstice Cave
 114
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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