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Elevation: 1,040 ft 317 m
GPS: 35.6037, -85.8691
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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.

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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.

Updated guidebooks such as the Chatt Steel and Chattrad cover more recently developed areas such as Deep Creek and Denny Cove among others, in the greater Chattanooga area. 

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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
 507
Super Mario
Boulder
V4 6B
 450
Art of the Vogi
Boulder
V5 6C
 321
Genghis Khan
Boulder
V5 6C
 407
Sternum
Boulder
V6 7A
 311
The Wave
Boulder
V6 7A
 238
Shotgun
Boulder
V7 7A+
 162
Tennessee Thong
Boulder
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 415
Golden Locks
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 242
Ruben
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 253
In Pursuit of Excellence
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 323
Cake Walk
Trad
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 259
Finger Lockin' Good
Trad
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 397
Spawn
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 262
Heresy
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 175
Solstice
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Super Mario Stone Fort > Super Mario/ Cinderel…
 507
V4 6B Boulder
Art of the Vogi Stone Fort > Front Area > Art of the Vogi Boulder
 450
V4 6B Boulder
Genghis Khan Stone Fort > Front Area > Wave Boulder
 321
V5 6C Boulder
Sternum Stone Fort > Sternum Area > Sternum Boulder
 407
V5 6C Boulder
The Wave Stone Fort > Front Area > Wave Boulder
 311
V6 7A Boulder
Shotgun Stone Fort > Space Odyssey/ Shotgu…
 238
V6 7A Boulder
Tennessee Thong Stone Fort > Front Area > Swingers Boulder
 162
V7 7A+ Boulder
Golden Locks Tennessee Wall > T-Wall East
 415
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Ruben Foster Falls > Jimmywood
 242
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
In Pursuit of Excellence Tennessee Wall > T-Wall East
 253
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Cake Walk Tennessee Wall > T-Wall East
 323
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Finger Lockin' Good Tennessee Wall > T-Wall East
 259
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Spawn Obed & Clear Creek > S Clear Creek > Image Wall
 397
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Heresy Obed & Clear Creek > Lilly Bluff
 262
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Solstice Obed & Clear Creek > S Clear Creek > Solstice Cave
 175
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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