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Upper Passes Rock Climbing 

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Though it's home to a small collection of nice routes, newcomers to the Upper Passes may find getting oriented harder than the climbing itself. Suck Creek Canyon's approaches aren't well-worn trails with nice switchbacks like you'll find at T-Wall, and this is expecially true for the Upper Passes. According to locals, the landslide that has always served as a good landmark has become somewhat vague, and deadfall on parts of the cliff "trail" makes things more confusing. In the words of Suck Creek regular Tyler Stracker: if you hit the cliff at the right place the first time, go buy a lottery ticket, 'cause it's your lucky day.

Getting There 

After crossing the bridge over Suck Creek, continue about a half-mile up the canyon to a pullout on the right. Make your way down a steep hillside to the creek; cross it, then follow a huge landslide up to the base of the cliff. Main Wall routes are located to the left of this landslide, while the Auschwitz Buttress is to the right.

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Weather station 8.4 miles from here

9 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

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Rock Climbing Photo: Amplitude

Amplitude 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Tennessee : Suck Creek Canyon : ... : Main Wall
Scamper up a crack and then right via a ramp to a superb corner that rivals any in the greater Chattanooga area. Three stars on the assumption that if more people climb it, the better it will clean up. A great "southern 8;" the lichen makes it feel a bit harder....[more]   Browse More Classics in Tennessee

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