Sam's Throne & Surroundings
Rock Climbing Arkansas by Cole Fennel
The Boston Mountain Range consists of high-quality sandstone and is host to such popular areas as Cave Creek and Sam's Throne. Many of the cliff lines are hard to see from any roads, as they are set down in wooded valleys.
It is NOT considered proper to hang permanent draws or chains in this area, especially on already established climbs. It is also STRONGLY discouraged on new lines that go up.
The northwestern part of the state. Cities to look for include Harrison and Mt. Judea.
176 Total Routes
['4 Stars',30],['3 Stars',93],['2 Stars',43],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',2]
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SuperNatural 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b AR
: Sam's Throne & Surroundings
: ... : The Prow & Reality Wall
I stared at this face for ten years, stopping in amazement one of my first trips down. "Wow!" I thought, "will it ever go?" The more I climbed at Sams Throne, the more I learned what gear would, and wouldn't work, and what it took to do routes ground up in an area where cracks dead ended disappointingly, and finicky seams sometimes gave protection, but oftentimes, not. The obvious blank green face is practically hold-less, but my eyes traced the most possible looking line; up the...[more] Browse More Classics in AR
Latest Regional Forum Messages
By Jason Haas
From: Broomfield, CO
Nov 2, 2009
The new comprehensive color guidebook to the state by Cole Fennel is now available in stores. This tome is 400 pages and describes nearly 1500 routes and 350 boulder problems.
By Tony Mayse
May 15, 2010
Cole's book is a nice color guide with nice action photos. The book down grades many routes. I have been climbing in Arkansas for the last 20 years and am taken back by the the multiple down grades on routes that have been established and confirmed by many climbers over the years. Ratings should not be down graded once you have dialed the route and decided that it is easier. Grades are set for on-sights not rehearsed work sessions. Clay's book gives a more realistic rating of the routes in my opinion.
By Luke Stollings
From: Austin, TX
Jun 29, 2010
See more comments about the Rock Climbing in Arkansas guidebook by Cole Fennel at the main Arkansas page including a review I wrote for Google Books.
By Bill Fitzgerald
From: Little Rock, AR
Aug 10, 2010
The National Forest Service is currently conducting a Heritage Site Review at Hudson Mountain and the Invasion Wall climbing areas near Cowell, AR during the month of August. The FS is asking that climbers, hikers, and all other users avoid these areas during the review process. Please respect the USFS request and pass the word on to other climbers.