As being one of the three destinations for the Triple Crown Bouldering competition Stone Fort just might have some of the best boulders in the southeast! Sporting everything from psychotic slopers to crazy crimps, very few areas in the country can build such a diverse skill set. Stone Fort is one of the most versatile areas to climb in the southeast, due to iron rails running through many of the sandstone boulders. It also boasts beautiful lines at almost every difficulty level, so whether you climb v-easy, v-sick or are somewhere in between, there is always something to inspire you here.
Since Stone Fort is owned and on a golf course the owner just asks two simple favors of climbers, park in the designated climber parking area and register online each day before climbing at www.seclimbers.org/.
A new guidebook, STONE FORT Bouldering by Andy Wellman, has recently been published. This guide lists topos and descriptions for all Stone Fort boulder problems.
From I-75, merge onto I-24 west (nashville) in Chattanooga. Take I-24 to split and stay right on I-27 (signs for downtown Chattanooga). Continue on 27 to Thrasher Pike Exit (app. 20 minutes). Take a left off of exit ramp on to Thrasher Pike. Continue until first "Stop Sign" and take a right on Dayton Pike. At first light (right across from BP) take a left on Mowbray Mtn. Rd. Continue several miles up mtn., and then app. 1.5 miles after leaving switchbacks. When you see several mailboxes that are pillars (made out of stone or brick), slow down. Take a right on to Brow Lake Rd. beside the Montlake sign. Continue app. 200 yards and take a left in to the golf course parking lot. Climber parking is labeled and located on far side of parking lot.
Beginning Sunday March 1, 2009, climber protocol for visiting LRC/Stone Fort will be updated—New signage is now in place at the Montlake climber parking lot that supports these changes.
*A review of the rule updates is below—we ask that everyone make themselves familiar with the new rules and pass on this information to the climbing community.
Montlake will institute a fee of $3 for parking and all climbers will be required to 'sign-in' at the clubhouse before entering the boulderfield.
**Vehicles with 6 or more climbers must make different payment arrangements with the clubhouse.
Climbers will still follow the protocol for registration on-line. The climber registration limit will be kept to 35 climbers/day, but the parking limit has been increased to 25 cars/day.
As an example:
1. A climber planning to visit Stone Fort/LRC will go to the SCC website, click on LRC/Stone Fort Access, and download a climbing/parking pass as they do currently.
2. The climber will drive to the Montlake clubhouse, park in the designated climber parking area, place the upper portion of their parking pass in the driver side dashboard, and take the bottom portion in to the clubhouse.
3. The climber will present the bottom portion of the parking pass to the clubhouse manager, sign-in and pay the $5 fee for parking. The climber will also be required to include the License Tag Number of their vehicle.
4. The climber can then enter the boulderfield.
Climbers that carpool can, of course, share the expense, but everyone (parkers and riders) are required to sign-in.
*If the climber is unable to print their parking pass (no printer or ink), a computer and printer will be located in the clubhouse for the climber/parker to use to print their pass for the day.
Occasionally (less than 10 days/year), the clubhouse closes due to holiday or inclement weather. There will be a climber kiosk placed next to the clubhouse door with an envelope for climber/parkers to place their sign-in information and $5 parking fee. The envelope will then be placed in to a dropbox on the kiosk.
If a clubhouse manager is not available or the clubhouse is simply closed, climbers are requested to follow the protocol as above. It's in the best interest of the climber/parker to bring the payment in the form of cash just in case the clubhouse is closed.
The above changes are being made in Montlake's continuing effort to support 'limited climbing access.' Protecting and maintaining the property is very important to Montlake and also very important in general to climbing access. Montlake and the SCC want to be sure that climbers continue to support their own access by creating a more formal system for visiting the property.
Visitors to the boulderfield that fail to follow all of the rules above will risk having an immobilizing boot placed on their vehicle. A $50 fee will be required to remove the boot.
We ask that everyone do their best to pass along the new protocol to everyone that visits the area.
Please do your best to support the decision that Montlake is making. Ultimately, the changes support our access to this fantastic boulderfield and helps control our impact to the area.
Very special thanks to everyone who has followed the rules to Stone Fort/LRC over the past six years. Your efforts have been the key to access for the entire climbing community.
Beginning fall 2009, Montlake has agreed to increase the parking limit for climbers thru the fall/winter months between October 1 and April 1 to 40 cars from the current 20. The climber limit will be eliminated during those months.
Please continue to visit the Southeastern Climbers' Coalition website for access updates to all crags and boulderfields throughout the southeast. www.seclimbers.org
$5 fee for climbing now. If you park up the road, expect a warning and a subsequent tow and threat of flattened tires for repeat offenders.
By Jay Shultis Administrator From: Blacksburg VA Oct 16, 2012
We saw Fred Nicole walking around LRC this past Sunday after the comp... I am curious if anyone saw him working any projects or sending any hard classics? We saw him look at Space and Odessey and move on...