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The Fortress

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Aerial Act T 
Big Crack T,TR 
Direct T,TR 
Eye Sockets T,TR 
Finger Crack T,TR 
Fortress Arete T,TR 
Fortress Clingon  T,TR 
Fortress Direct TR 
Fortress Fingers T,TR 
Gumbies Go Home T 

The Fortress 

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Location: 35.23491, -81.27403 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: EricD on Feb 1, 2008
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The is the first area on the left from the summit ridge trail. It is identifiable by a cave with some very fun-looking overhanging routes (which can be top-roped). The rock is solid and the area is popular, so expect crowds (and sometimes ghetto-blasters).

Getting There 

This area is perhaps 5 minutes from the Practice Wall along the summit ridge. This area is concentrated with several walls and The Fortress is the first on the left.

Climbing Season

10 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Fortress:
Finger Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
Fortress Fingers   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
Gumbies Go Home   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Eye Sockets   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Featured Route For The Fortress
Leading Finger Crack a few years ago.  I thought this was 5.6 per the old Kelley guidebook.

Finger Crack 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  NC : Crowders Mountain : ... : The Fortress
Starts on some juggy holds, leads to a right-veering crack which leads to some more big holds to the top. Fun route with some moves that require a bit of problem-solving....[more]   Browse More Classics in NC

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Fortress Wall <br /> <br />1)Big Crack(5.5) Trad <br />2)Direct(5.9X) Trad <br />3)Fortress Direct(5.10+)TopRope  <br />4)Fortress Fingers(5.10)Trad <br />5)Finger Crack(5.6)Trad <br /> <br />Crowders Mountain State Park, North Carolina <br />
Fortress Wall

1)Big Crack(5.5) Trad
Gumbies Roof <br /> <br />Aerial Act 5.10+ R <br />Eye Sockets 5.10 <br />Gumbies Go Home 5.10 <br /> <br />Crowders Mountain State Park, North Carolina
Gumbies Roof

Aerial Act 5.10+ R
Eye Sockets 5.10
GUMBIES ROOF <br /> <br />Aerial Act (5.10d) <br />Eye Sockets (5.10) <br />Gumbies Go Home (5.10d) <br /> <br />Crowders Mountain State Park, North Carolina

Aerial Act (5.10d)
Eye Sockets (5.10...
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By Joshua McDaniel
From: Johnson City, TN
Dec 4, 2011

Fortress Wall can be tolerable (by Crowders standards) during the heat of the day since it is kind of in a gully and somewhat protected from the sun.