Other areas nearby:
Amusement Park, The
Beer Trailer Crag
Camp Store Crag
Chimney Top Rock
Eagle Point Buttress
Eastern Sky Bridge Ridge
Funk Rock City
Half Moon Rock
Hen's Nest Rock
Lower Sky Bridge Ridge
Lower Small Wall
Middle Small Wall
Mt. Olive Rock
Pinch Em Tight
Roadside Crag (CLOSED)
Wall of Denial
Western Sky Bridge Ridge
Ger running up snake 2010-08-29
This is the best crag in the RRG for learning trad climbing. There is the greatest concentration of easier routes, with quality routes at every grade from 5.6 to 5.11.
The aspect is generally southern, with some routes getting morning sun and some getting afternoon. The wall is hot in summer, but somewhat sheltered in light rain. There are a few easy and moderate multi-pitch routes so this is also a great wall to get a little MP practice in a well travelled setting. Fortress can be very crowded at times. Large groups often take over the crag which can ruin everyone's day. If you are a trad climber and visit the area you can't pass up spending some time here. Getting There
Parking area GPS: 37.8380, -83.6440
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Fortress Wall:
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Featured Route For Fortress Wall
Red River Gorge
This route has a little bit of everything...fingers, off-width, over-hang, face climbing...Climb through an over-hanging section to a ledge. Climb the thin fingers dihedral until it widens to OW. Work your way up this to a ledge with anchors on a large boulder.I gave this a "PG" rating because of the start and the boulder below it....
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Comments on Fortress Wall
By saxfiend Administrator From: Decatur, GA Oct 27, 2008
Outstanding trad area, but if you're not prepared for Gunks-style sandbagging, you'll get a rude awakening!
By Drake Pregnall From: Lake Placid, NY Mar 19, 2012
Absolutely agree with you there. I climb in the Gunks and the Adirondacks regularly, two very sandbagged places, and I still found the Fortress Wall grades to be a bit stiff.