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Suck Creek Canyon Rock Climbing 

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For climbers looking for a Chattanooga crag less crowded than T-Wall, with a little alpine-style adventure thrown in, Suck Creek Canyon is the place to go.

Climbing in Suck Creek Canyon dates back at least to the late 1970s. Rob Robinson, Forrest Gardner and Peter Henley established numerous lines in the Roadside Wall and Upper Passes areas during the 80s; later in that decade, Gardner and Todd Wells began developing the Concentration Camp section.

Anyone used to the solid and reliable sandstone of cliffs like T-Wall and Sunset will need to adjust their expectations at Suck Creek. The rock quality is variable; some routes may have sections of loose or rotten rock to deal with. But the reward for dealing with this suspect stone is some of the longest routes in Tennessee, including three-pitch lines like Flying Fortress (5.10a) and Bombs Away (5.8). There's also several aid/mixed lines for added spice.

Getting There 

From downtown Chattanooga, take US 27 north. About a mile after crossing the Tennessee River, exit on 127 north (Signal Mountain Road). Continuing toward Signal Mountain about 1.5 miles, turn left on Suck Creek Road (27 west). Continue about four miles (past a cement plant) and cross a bridge over Suck Creek. This is where you would turn off for T-Wall. After crossing the bridge, continue up the canyon to turnoffs for the different Suck Creek areas.

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Weather station 8.4 miles from here

22 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Suck Creek Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Suck Creek Canyon:
Bombs Away   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 310'   Flying Squirrel Buttress
The Rose   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 110'   Roadside Wall
Flying Fortress   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 265'   Flying Squirrel Buttress
Special Olympics   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Roadside Wall
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Special Olympics 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  Tennessee : Suck Creek Canyon : Roadside Wall
Amazing finger crack with plentiful gear. One of the most beautiful lines in the area. Lots of finger locking and crack technique required....[more]   Browse More Classics in Tennessee

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By Rockery Press
Oct 13, 2014
Rock Climbing Photo: Suck Creek FREE Day Guide
Suck Creek FREE Day Guide

You can download a FREE Suck Creek Canyon Day Guide from Rockery Press by clicking on the following link:

Suck Creek Canyon Free Guide includes:
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Several days of route descriptions and recommendations

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