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"Windy Arm Buster" Sam's Throne


The true origin of Ozark climbing stems from this area. Aesthetically pleasing faces loom over an exposed ridge littered with beautiful pines below.

Sam's Throne is the patriarch to all climbing in Arkansas and still holds a truly classic ethic on how climbing is conducted in the area. Few sport lines exist here, however the ones that do are some of the best around.

To fill your sport climbing fix, one must travel to

Valley Of The Blind

An exposed valley of rock that hosts some of the best lines in the state.
Rock Climbing Photo: Photo: Sam Matthews
Photo: Sam Matthews

Cave Creek

Cliff band on the opposite side of Sam's Throne that hosts many classics one one of the more aesthetic areas in the region.
Rock Climbing Photo: Brick Attack
Brick Attack

Candy Mountain

An annex of the cave creek valley. Home to many tall and harder lines that will keep you coming back for more.
Rock Climbing Photo: Tyler Casey on "Tainted Love"  Photo: Sa...
Tyler Casey on "Tainted Love"

Photo: Sam Matthews

Getting There 

The northwestern part of the state. Cities to look for include Harrison and Mt. Judea.

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.7 miles from here

253 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',31],['3 Stars',130],['2 Stars',76],['1 Star',13],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Sam's Throne & Surroundings

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Sam's Throne & Surroundings:
Last Chance   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   The Outback : Warrior Wall & Last Chance ...
Boston Rag   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   The Throne : White Trash Wall
Diagonal Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   The Throne : White Trash Wall
Slam Dance   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   East Main Bluff : The Prow & Reality Wall
Poison Ivy   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 55'   The Throne : Poison Ivy Wall
Albino Rhino   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 55'   The Throne : South Side & Albino Rhino W...
Smooth Operator   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   East Main Bluff : The Prow & Reality Wall
Silverfish   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 55'   The Outback : Seed Wall
Patio Direct   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   The Throne : The Plaque Wall
Razorback Roof   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   West Main Bluff : Arachnophobia, Dark Side, &...
Stems and Seeds   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 55'   Cave Creek : Gravity Slab/Meltdown Wall
White Trash   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   The Throne : White Trash Wall
Diet Pepsi   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   West Main Bluff : Arachnophobia, Dark Side, &...
Involuntary Manslaughter   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch   Cave Creek : Brick Attack Area
Gracious Grant   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 65'   Candy Mountain
Dead Dog   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   East Main Bluff : Dead Dog & Energamata Walls
Achilles Heel   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 60'   Candy Mountain
Arkansas Reality   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 55'   East Main Bluff : The Prow & Reality Wall
Brick Attack    5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   Cave Creek : Brick Attack Area
Flying Elvis   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Cave Creek : Brick Attack Area
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Featured Route For Sam's Throne & Surroundings
Rock Climbing Photo: Photo: Tyler Casey

The Natural 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  Arkansas : Sam's Throne & Surroundings : ... : The Prow & Reality Wall
Directly to the right of "Supernatural"Beggining with the same start you climb 15 feet of rotten rock until you hit the good stuff.Find some placements before you blast up nice sculpted jugs and crimps through the beautiful arete. Up top awaits an intimidating looking bulge that climbs a lot friendlier than it looks.Awesome climb!...[more]   Browse More Classics in Arkansas

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Rock Climbing Photo: Rock Climbing Arkansas by Cole Fennel
Rock Climbing Arkansas by Cole Fennel

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By Jason Haas
Nov 2, 2009
The new comprehensive color guidebook to the state by Cole Fennel is now available in stores. This tome is 400 pages and describes nearly 1500 routes and 350 boulder problems.
By Tony Mayse
May 15, 2010
Cole's book is a nice color guide with nice action photos. The book down grades many routes. I have been climbing in Arkansas for the last 20 years and am taken back by the the multiple down grades on routes that have been established and confirmed by many climbers over the years. Ratings should not be down graded once you have dialed the route and decided that it is easier. Grades are set for on-sights not rehearsed work sessions. Clay's book gives a more realistic rating of the routes in my opinion.
By Luke Stollings
From: Austin, TX
Jun 29, 2010
See more comments about the Rock Climbing in Arkansas guidebook by Cole Fennel at the main Arkansas page including a review I wrote for Google Books.
By Bill Fitzgerald
From: Little Rock, AR
Aug 10, 2010
The National Forest Service is currently conducting a Heritage Site Review at Hudson Mountain and the Invasion Wall climbing areas near Cowell, AR during the month of August. The FS is asking that climbers, hikers, and all other users avoid these areas during the review process. Please respect the USFS request and pass the word on to other climbers.
By Creed A
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 6, 2015
Remember there is NO trash service at the Sam's Throne campground.

People have been piling trash in the outhouses. It's just sitting there, attracting pests. Please pack it out.

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