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Stone Fort (aka Little Rock City)

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(new) Mane Event, The 
7-10 Split 
A Face in the Crowd 
Aneardon Low 
Art of the Vogi 
Art of the Vogi Left 
Big Much, The 
Big Wheel 
Biggie Shorty 
Black Carpet 
Black Planet  
Blacksmith, The 
Blind Spot 
Blithering Idiot 
Block and Tackle 
Boogie Man-tle 
Boogie Man-tle Extension 
Boro Traverse 
Bosley Traverse 
Bowling Ball V1 
Brian's Brain 
Celestial Mechanics 
Chronic, The 
Clarence Bowater Survival 
Cleopatra-Cinderella Traverse 
Cormany Wall 
Corner Crack 
Costume Rings 
Country Redneck Bitch 
Coven, The 
Crack of doom 
Crescent Slab (Crescent Direct) 
Crescent, The 
Crystal Ball 
Cyclops (Stand Up) 
Daddy Loves 
Deciduous Enema, The 
Devils cabana boy 
Diesel Power 
Dihedral Crack 
Divide, The 
Dodge Swinger 
Dr. Atkinson 
Drag Me Down 
Dragon Back 
Dragon Lady 
Dragon Traverse 
Dragon Traverse Loop 
Drumm Problem 
Easy Does It 
El Camino 
El Capitan 
Elephant Riders 
Farrah's Fawcet 
Fat Cat 
Fatigue Syndrome 
Feature, The 
Finish Your Homework 
Fire Crack Flake 
Fish Market Traverse 
Fish Market, The 
Fish Tank, The 
Five and Dime 
Florax, The 
Font Arete 
Formula 1 
Galaxy 5000 
Genghis Khan, Right 
Gengis Khan 
Graham Crackers 
Green Machine, The 
Gutter Ball 
Hairy Underclings 
High on Crack 
high tide 
High Times 
Hot Java 
Hulk, The 
Human Chew Toy T 
I Think I Can 
IncredArete Sit 
Incredarete Sit Left 
Instinct Low 
Interplanetary Escape 
Jerry's Kids 
Keel Hauled 
King of the Castle 
Latin for Daggers 
Left Wing 
Life is Goodlett 
Little German Girl, The 
Long Day Traverse 
Low Constitution 
Mane Event, The 
Manute Bol 
Mescal Direct 
Mizzen Mast 
Mono Doigt, The 
Monster Extension 
Moss Man 
Mother Thrutch Right Sit 
Mother Trucker 
Murfreesboro Blues 
Mystery Groove 
Mystery Machine 
Needless Things 
Nick of Time 
Now and Zen 
Odds My Bodkins 
One Eye 
Out of Africa/Face in the Crowd 
Pancake Mantle 
Pinch the Loaf 
Pinch, The 
Plank Walker 
Pocket Pool 
Prison Planet 
Pure Rock Fury 
Rail Rider 
Red House 
Red House Extension, The 
Red Tape 
Relic, The 
Rely on Gimmicks 
Rib, The 
Right Wing 
Robbing The Tooth Fairy 
Roscoe Extended 
Ruby Roo 
Runnel Funnel 
Seam Eliminate 
Shield, The 
Shiver Me Timbers 
Shrine, The 
Simply Irresistible 
Sister Sarah 
Skeleton Crew  
Slap Happy 
Slow Poke 
Smear Campaign 
Smoking Jacket 
Snap Decision 
South America 
Spank the Baby 
Spyro Gyro 
Stand, The 
Steam Roller 
Storming the Castle 
Sunnie Rose 
Super Mario 
Super Mario Extension 
Tall Crack 
Tennessee Thong 
These Feel Like Your Sister's 
Tight Like That 
Tire Knockers 
Trailer Hitch 
Train Wreck 
Turtle Tracks 
Turtle Tracks Direct 
Twin Cracks 
Two Can Sam 
Two Shoes Jack 
Ugly Roof 
Ultimate Fan Experience , The 
Unnamed 5.9 T 
Unusual Suspect 
V0 (The Back Wall) 
V1 (slice and dice boulder) 
V1 (The Back Wall) 
V3 (The Back Wall) 
Vlad the Inhaler 
Vulcans Do It With Straight Faces 
Warm Up Arete 
Warp Door 
Watermelon slab 
Wave, The 
White Chili 
White Face 
White Trash 
Witch's Hat  
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Stone Fort (aka Little Rock City) Rock Climbing 

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As being one of the three destinations for the Triple Crown Bouldering competition Stone Fort just might have some of the best boulders in the southeast! Sporting everything from psychotic slopers to crazy crimps, very few areas in the country can build such a diverse skill set. Stone Fort is one of the most versatile areas to climb in the southeast, due to iron rails running through many of the sandstone boulders. It also boasts beautiful lines at almost every difficulty level, so whether you climb v-easy, v-sick or are somewhere in between, there is always something to inspire you here.

Since Stone Fort is owned and on a golf course the owner just asks three simple favors of climbers: park in the designated climber parking area, sign in at the clubhouse, and pay the $8 day-use fee.

A new guidebook, STONE FORT Bouldering by Andy Wellman, has recently been published. This guide lists topos and descriptions for all Stone Fort boulder problems.

Getting There 

From I-75, merge onto I-24 west (nashville) in Chattanooga. Take I-24 to split and stay right on I-27 (signs for downtown Chattanooga). Continue on 27 to Thrasher Pike Exit (app. 20 minutes). Take a left off of exit ramp on to Thrasher Pike. Continue until first "Stop Sign" and take a right on Dayton Pike. At first light (right across from BP) take a left on Mowbray Mtn. Rd. Continue several miles up mtn., and then app. 1.5 miles after leaving switchbacks. When you see several mailboxes that are pillars (made out of stone or brick), slow down. Take a right on to Brow Lake Rd. beside the Montlake sign. Continue app. 200 yards and take a left in to the golf course parking lot. Climber parking is labeled and located on far side of parking lot.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.5 miles from here

249 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',28],['3 Stars',120],['2 Stars',87],['1 Star',9],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Stone Fort (aka Little Rock City)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Stone Fort (aka Little Rock City):
Brian's Brain   V1 5     Boulder, 15'   
The Crescent   V1 5     Boulder   
Incredarete   V1 5     Boulder   
Fire Crack Flake   V1 5     Boulder, 12'   
Pancake Mantle   V2+ 5+     Boulder, 5'   
Ribcage   V2-3 5+     Boulder   
Mystery Machine   V3 6A     Boulder   
Two Can Sam   V3 6A     Boulder   
Swingers   V3-4 6A+     Boulder, 10'   
Art of the Vogi   V4 6B     Boulder   
The Mane Event   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   
Dragon Lady   V4 6B     Boulder   
Tristar   V4 6B     Boulder   
Super Mario   V4 6B     Boulder   
Mystery Groove   V4 6B     Boulder, 11'   
White Trash   V5 6C     Boulder, 1 pitch, 12'   
Gengis Khan   V5 6C     Boulder   
Sternum   V5 6C     Boulder   
Shotgun   V6 7A     Boulder   
The Wave   V6 7A     Boulder   
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Photos of Stone Fort (aka Little Rock City) Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: lrc  photo: Robbie Burnham
lrc photo: Robbie Burnham
Rock Climbing Photo: Katrenies, Little Rock City
Katrenies, Little Rock City
Rock Climbing Photo: Me on Pancake Mantle, V3, LRC.
Me on Pancake Mantle, V3, LRC.
Rock Climbing Photo: Art of Vogi. Awesome start in the cave, big finish...
Art of Vogi. Awesome start in the cave, big finish...
Rock Climbing Photo: Crashpads and nine irons.  Welcome to Stone Fort. ...
Crashpads and nine irons. Welcome to Stone Fort. ...
Rock Climbing Photo: My wife on Smog, V2, LRC.
My wife on Smog, V2, LRC.
Rock Climbing Photo: Topping out on Incredarete
Topping out on Incredarete
Rock Climbing Photo: Me on The Horn, V1, LRC.
Me on The Horn, V1, LRC.
Rock Climbing Photo: Unknown climber on LRC slab
Unknown climber on LRC slab
Rock Climbing Photo: Short boulder out in the fairway a bit. This is ri...
Short boulder out in the fairway a bit. This is ri...
Rock Climbing Photo: What a bizarre place. Although a crag with a clubh...
What a bizarre place. Although a crag with a clubh...
Rock Climbing Photo: Incredarete Left Sit v4
Incredarete Left Sit v4
Rock Climbing Photo: Foggy December mornin' at the Fort!
Foggy December mornin' at the Fort!
Rock Climbing Photo: Fall day
Fall day
Rock Climbing Photo: The fairy tale land of boulders sits off to the le...
The fairy tale land of boulders sits off to the le...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking back on the course at sunset
Looking back on the course at sunset
Rock Climbing Photo: unknown problem, v3?  Photo: Robbie Burnham
unknown problem, v3? Photo: Robbie Burnham
Rock Climbing Photo: Me on Boogie Man-tle, V3, LRC.
Me on Boogie Man-tle, V3, LRC.
Rock Climbing Photo: Dragon Lady V4
Dragon Lady V4
Rock Climbing Photo: didnt stick it
didnt stick it

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By m-earle
From: USA
Sep 25, 2007
Great description Kev, this is one of my favorite places to boulder.
By Brad "Stonyman" Killough
From: Alabama
Feb 24, 2009
LRC/Stone Fort Climbers

Beginning Sunday March 1, 2009, climber protocol for visiting LRC/Stone Fort will be updated—New signage is now in place at the Montlake climber parking lot that supports these changes.

  • *A review of the rule updates is below—we ask that everyone make themselves familiar with the new rules and pass on this information to the climbing community.

Montlake will institute a fee of $3 for parking and all climbers will be required to 'sign-in' at the clubhouse before entering the boulderfield.
  • **Vehicles with 6 or more climbers must make different payment arrangements with the clubhouse.

Climbers will still follow the protocol for registration on-line. The climber registration limit will be kept to 35 climbers/day, but the parking limit has been increased to 25 cars/day.

As an example:

1. A climber planning to visit Stone Fort/LRC will go to the SCC website, click on LRC/Stone Fort Access, and download a climbing/parking pass as they do currently.

2. The climber will drive to the Montlake clubhouse, park in the designated climber parking area, place the upper portion of their parking pass in the driver side dashboard, and take the bottom portion in to the clubhouse.

3. The climber will present the bottom portion of the parking pass to the clubhouse manager, sign-in and pay the $5 fee for parking. The climber will also be required to include the License Tag Number of their vehicle.

4. The climber can then enter the boulderfield.

  • Climbers that carpool can, of course, share the expense, but everyone (parkers and riders) are required to sign-in.
  • *If the climber is unable to print their parking pass (no printer or ink), a computer and printer will be located in the clubhouse for the climber/parker to use to print their pass for the day.

Occasionally (less than 10 days/year), the clubhouse closes due to holiday or inclement weather. There will be a climber kiosk placed next to the clubhouse door with an envelope for climber/parkers to place their sign-in information and $5 parking fee. The envelope will then be placed in to a dropbox on the kiosk.

If a clubhouse manager is not available or the clubhouse is simply closed, climbers are requested to follow the protocol as above. It's in the best interest of the climber/parker to bring the payment in the form of cash just in case the clubhouse is closed.

The above changes are being made in Montlake's continuing effort to support 'limited climbing access.' Protecting and maintaining the property is very important to Montlake and also very important in general to climbing access. Montlake and the SCC want to be sure that climbers continue to support their own access by creating a more formal system for visiting the property.

Visitors to the boulderfield that fail to follow all of the rules above will risk having an immobilizing boot placed on their vehicle. A $50 fee will be required to remove the boot.

We ask that everyone do their best to pass along the new protocol to everyone that visits the area.

Please do your best to support the decision that Montlake is making. Ultimately, the changes support our access to this fantastic boulderfield and helps control our impact to the area.

Very special thanks to everyone who has followed the rules to Stone Fort/LRC over the past six years. Your efforts have been the key to access for the entire climbing community.

Important Note:

Beginning fall 2009, Montlake has agreed to increase the parking limit for climbers thru the fall/winter months between October 1 and April 1 to 40 cars from the current 20. The climber limit will be eliminated during those months.

Please continue to visit the Southeastern Climbers' Coalition website for access updates to all crags and boulderfields throughout the southeast.
By Mike Anderson
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jan 12, 2010
You can get a guide booklet for this area (the booklet used to score the Triple Crown) here . It's on the right side of the page if you scroll down.
By Brad "Stonyman" Killough
From: Alabama
Jan 12, 2010
Thanks Mike.
By Cameron85
Nov 9, 2010
The climbing fee has been changed to $3 and no parking fee/car registration. Clubhouse facilities are open to climbers, but any boulders facing the golf courses are still closed.
By Jeremy Hand
Aug 23, 2012
$5 fee for climbing now. If you park up the road, expect a warning and a subsequent tow and threat of flattened tires for repeat offenders.
By Jay Shultis
From: Oneonta, NY
Oct 16, 2012
We saw Fred Nicole walking around LRC this past Sunday after the comp... I am curious if anyone saw him working any projects or sending any hard classics? We saw him look at Space and Odessey and move on...
By Claude Peon
Dec 11, 2012
Can anyone tell me where the nearest/cheapest place to camp is?
By Swamp Cookie
From: da Bayou
Dec 11, 2012
By 497lx6
Mar 17, 2014
how are conditions late april early may?
By Emerson Takahashi
From: Casper, WY
Mar 25, 2015
I was in the area last year at that time and there were certainly some beautiful days with great climbing weather, but between them was a day or two of HEAVY rain.
By Manderson198
Oct 24, 2015
Moving to Chatty in December, and am wondering if you can still purchase an annual pass to climb at LRC?
By Emerson Takahashi
From: Casper, WY
Dec 8, 2015
Found a crashpad sitting next to Ribcage this evening. We waited around until dark to see if someone would come looking and no one ever did. Picked it up in case someone with less-honest intentions found it first. just hit me up with a description of the pad and you'll get it back.

By Kevin Carpenter
From: Ooltewah, TN
Apr 10, 2016
FYI: As of 4/1/16, climbing fee is $8.
By ColeT
From: Cincinnati, OH
Mar 1, 2017
Dogs allowed?

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