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climbingcrzy


Aug 13, 2009, 6:09 PM
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Ive never been to Tennessee to sport climb. Any sugestions for some good 5.9 - 5.11 routes for a first timer there?? Im coming from Arkansas.


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There is freat climbing at, The Obed and Foster Falls. Travel alittle further north and you get Red River Gorge.


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Dixie Cragger atlas. The best guide book ever put together know to man. Dont tell the Coloradians.. SSSHHHH!!!!!!!!! Oh its by Chris Watford. Seriously get it or you will be lost. Check Leeda also, good there.


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Becareful going to climb in tennesse, you might not ever leave. I took two trips to Chattanooga last year and now i have plans to move down there soon. I would say just goto Chat and then figure out which crag you want to goto that day. TONS of every kind of climbing.


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King's Bluff is over in Clarksville about 30-40 minutes NW of Nashville and has a lot of good sport climbing options.


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subantz wrote:
Dixie Cragger atlas. The best guide book ever put together know to man. Dont tell the Coloradians.. SSSHHHH!!!!!!!!! Oh its by Chris Watford. Seriously get it or you will be lost. Check Leeda also, good there.

I have always regarded the Dixie Cragger as the worst guidebook I have ever seen. Selected North Carolina Climbs is the best guidebook ever.


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Ok john, Its a little confusing at times, but the best guide ever and I mean ever goes to The Red River Guide. Have you seen it, it is a great guide. I like the picures and lines for routes. There is no question if your in the right place. That is what inspired me to start on the bouldering guide for the GA.


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subantz wrote:
Ok john, Its a little confusing at times, but the best guide ever and I mean ever goes to The Red River Guide. Have you seen it, it is a great guide. I like the picures and lines for routes. There is no question if your in the right place. That is what inspired me to start on the bouldering guide for the GA.

The Red River Gorge Guide is pretty great, but still not as good as the North Carolina Guide.


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Bring it over I need to check this thing out. Hurry, we got work to do.


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climbingcrzy wrote:
Ive never been to Tennessee to sport climb. Any sugestions for some good 5.9 - 5.11 routes for a first timer there?? Im coming from Arkansas.

Obed.


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To the OP -- If you're just going to be in TN for a short visit, I'd recommend Foster Falls for starters, then get up to Obed on another trip. The routes are all concentrated in the same cliffline at Fosters, as opposed to the various sub-areas at Obed. You'll find plenty of variety at Fosters.

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subantz wrote:
Ok john, Its a little confusing at times, but the best guide ever and I mean ever goes to The Red River Guide. Have you seen it, it is a great guide. I like the picures and lines for routes. There is no question if your in the right place. That is what inspired me to start on the bouldering guide for the GA.

The Red River Gorge Guide is pretty great, but still not as good as the North Carolina Guide.
Sorry, gotta agree with subantz -- nothing beats the RRG guidebook for organization, completeness, etc. The Select NC book is nice, but it has its deficiencies. Some of the topos are very poorly done, and I've found some inadequate/inaccurate route descriptions. Finally, it's incomplete by definition, being a "select" guidebook.

JL


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johnwesely wrote:
subantz wrote:
Dixie Cragger atlas. The best guide book ever put together know to man. Dont tell the Coloradians.. SSSHHHH!!!!!!!!! Oh its by Chris Watford. Seriously get it or you will be lost. Check Leeda also, good there.

I have always regarded the Dixie Cragger as the worst guidebook I have ever seen. Selected North Carolina Climbs is the best guidebook ever.

Blasphemy!!!

Deep South Climber's Companion: ahead of it's time...more better. Bump the retros.

"Selected NC Crimes": the most blaringly laxidazical climbing publication ever...good firestarter. Kelly's book was leaps and bounds ahaed in completeness at the time.

The RRG book is nice indeed.


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Come on guys, The "Best guidebook ever"? Climber's guide to the Tetons is by far th best


elwood54


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Would Foster Falls be comfortable to climb in around mid-Feb to early March? I've heard that T-Wall would be fine, but that Foster's may be hit or miss?

Thanks,
Mike


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I've gone down there in early march for the past two years. Some days are warm, some are cold, but its deffinately climbable. I'm thinkin the only problem in february might be a little wettness at fosters? Only if its a wet winter tho. You should be fine.


subantz


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T-Wall is, all trad, all day, No sport climbs there. If you are looking for Sport your best bet is Fosters near Chatty or Obed Near Nox. Go get em el tigre


yevquest


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subantz wrote:
T-Wall is, all trad, all day, No sport climbs there. If you are looking for Sport your best bet is Fosters near Chatty or Obed Near Nox. Go get em el tigre

This statement is not correct. T-wall has some of the best sport climbing in the area, albeit mostly at the upper grades.


subantz


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Hard 5.12 into the 13's now what are the chances the other climbes in those grades. besides fosters is a great place, With a nice setting. Obed is even better but I would not make a trip to T-Wall for a day of sport climbing. Maybe you can climb the 8 routes that are bolted but me I would rather go somewhere else to clip draws.


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subantz wrote:
T-Wall is, all trad, all day, No sport climbs there. If you are looking for Sport your best bet is Fosters near Chatty or Obed Near Nox. Go get em el tigre

T wall does have sport climbs. I climbed my first 5.12 there.


yevquest


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subantz wrote:
Hard 5.12 into the 13's now what are the chances the other climbes in those grades. besides fosters is a great place, With a nice setting. Obed is even better but I would not make a trip to T-Wall for a day of sport climbing. Maybe you can climb the 8 routes that are bolted but me I would rather go somewhere else to clip draws.

8 bolted routes? Do you always spout off about things you don't know about? I can think of at least 20 routes to the left of the waterfall and 21 to the right of the waterfall without looking at a guidebook. As an added bonus, most of those routes are extremely good.


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elwood54 wrote:
Would Foster Falls be comfortable to climb in around mid-Feb to early March? I've heard that T-Wall would be fine, but that Foster's may be hit or miss?

Thanks,
Mike

I have climbed Fosters in March, April, June, July, August, September, and December. One of the December trips involved ice falls onto the trail that were 30+ pounds. That was the only time that Fosters was not a good place to climb.


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Just sayin. How about the breakin potential? I would rather be somewhere else. that has more moderates but the OP may want to go bonkers. I am glad that the climbs are good. but for a sporto destination where would you rather be at? At least in the other places mentioned you have way more options to chose from.


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