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5.10b/c, Sport, 90 ft,  Avg: 3.6 from 235 votes
FA: Rob Turan
Tennessee > Obed & Clear Creek > S Clear Creek > Image Wall


Clamber up a large hunk of rock at the base of the wall to reach your first clip, and the start of the 5th-class climbing. Weave your way up the intimidating, overhanging face. Gloriously exposed, with a great view of the creek.


The tall section of wall immediately before the wire hand-line leading into the Solstice Cave. Spawn goes straight up the middle of the face.


10 bolts, anchors

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James belaying Scott
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Scott giving hell to "Spawn".
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[Hide Comment] Did something break on this route? I always get spawn and shadowhawk confused but I recall one being 5.9 and one being 10a. South Clear's grades are cushy enough without more grade inflation.

To end on a positive note, both spawn and shadowhawk are cool, long, fairly engaging moderate routes with nice views. Thanks for adding. Feb 26, 2008
Chuck Parks
Atlanta, GA
[Hide Comment] Interesting: I checked, and the old Dixie Cragger's has this route listed as a 10a, whereas the new book has it at 10c/d.

I've only climbed it once, but when I did the 10c rating felt like it was in line with the rest of the grades in the South Clear. Now, whether the ratings in South Clear are soft is an entirely different matter... May 13, 2008
Keegan Dimmick
Winchester, VA
[Hide Comment] I just climbed it two days ago and I definitely think 10a is appropriate. Jan 6, 2009
Las Vegas, NV
[Hide Comment] better than its neighbor and well worth doing, despite the awkward opening section. the upper wall is fun and engaging with good holds. Oct 25, 2010
[Hide Comment] I've not gotten the chance yet, but last time I was on it I saw bomber gear placements on the whole route. Looks like wires and small to medium cams. I'm looking forward to the retro lead soon on a quality route. If anyone else does it let me know how it goes; I think it would add to the already great climbing Mar 21, 2011
[Hide Comment] Just uploaded a picture of Spawn hope it does it justice. Jan 9, 2012
brian k sohn
knoxville, tn
[Hide Comment] Hey Blake,
I led it on gear. I used cams and tri-cams, and one nut down low. Nothing bigger than a number 1 camalot is necessary. It was even funner than usual! Feb 24, 2012
Chattanooga, TN
[Hide Comment] This is a good cool down climb on the way out of south clear. Oct 23, 2012
Danny Hupp
Nashville, TN
[Hide Comment] Retro-led it last weekend on a set of mastercams 1-5 and a few nuts. Much more fun on gear, if you ask me. Really solid protection the whole way up. Make sure to extend the pieces down low wayyyy far, otherwise the rope drag is pretty substantial. Apr 30, 2014
[Hide Comment] Just led this route and for a fat old guy I say it's maybe 12d so equating that to the normal rating system I vote a little harder than 10a maybe 10bcish. Inflate those ratings so the fat guys can feel good at work Monday morning!!!!!!! Nov 3, 2014
Salt Lake City, UT
[Hide Comment] Stellar route! Possible best of its grade in the Obed. Make sure to top it out, or better yet, belay up the second and enjoy the breathtaking view together. Sep 28, 2015
Jim Urbec
sevierville, TN
[Hide Comment] the best view in the South Clear! definitely second your belayer up!

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Red River Gorge, KY
[Hide Comment] Definitely top it out and take the sit down just above the anchors, one of the best views in the Obed! Mar 10, 2017