Tennessee Wall Rock Climbs

Chattanooga has become one of our favorite places to recreate in the spring and fall seasons. Terry and I made plans early as we knew we would be ready to escape the wintry march weather of the northeast. This March has been especially brutal in NH with cold temps and stormy weather for much of the month.

Lucky for us our timing was right, we arrived in Chattanooga with a sunny and seasonably warm forecast for our five day trip. The T Wall for trad and the Foster Falls sport routes were on the hit list.

The Tennessee Wall is a perfect place to warm up the fingers, hands, and body on the wide variety of moderate steep jam cracks and corners which are usually capped by a roof of some sort. The area is also south facing and we were on a mission to seek out the sunshine.

Foster falls is another favorite area of mine. The long sandstone wall has a few hundred sport routes – the warm ups start in the 5. 9 and 5’10 range and then its on to the harder testy sport climbs. The Crime Buttress is one of our favorite areas with a bunch of 5.11 and up routes on the steep slightly overhanging wall.

Chattanooga – the city is mid sized with plenty to do. Yoga is plentiful – we found an excellent studio called the Yoga Landing that offers a great variety of classes. There are lots of hikers, runners, bikers, climbers around – you can tell this is one of the better outdoor designations in the south east. Restaurants – we found excellent places to eat such as Sluggos, the Boathouse, and Mojo Burritos.

If you are looking for a quick three or four day adventure – I would say put this place – Chattanooga on the list

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Foster Falls – in springtime condition.

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Terry – first lead on the season – Golden Locks 5.8!!!

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Terry sorting out the gear and the hand  jams on Passages another 5.8 gem at the T Wall.

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The T Wall is a shared area – copy this info you are planning a trip.

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High Point Climbing Gym – brand new in downtown Chattanooga. Indoor and outdoor walls and a large bouldering section. We did not climb here as the weather was to nice – we opted for the outdoor fun.

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Side walk activities.

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Chattanooga has four bridges across the Tennessee River. We walked over the bridges in circuits each morning. The bridge in the photos has been closed to motor traffic and is now only a foot bridge for walkers, runners, and bikers

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Our good friend Tim was spending the winter here. We met up and he showed us a quiet crag that is just being developed. Terry is seconding a very nice 5.11b route.

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Tim D giving me a proper blue point belay.

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The steep climbs at Foster Falls.

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 I’ve got to say we are now refreshed from all this southern fun.

Art Mooney

This waterway is the Tennessee River –  and the T Wall is perched high above on the south side rim. We drove down along a windy narrow road for 6 miles to a trailhead and took a short approach hike to the base on the wall.

The T Wall is one of the premier cliffs in the  southern sandstone belt and hosts routes in all grades with fantastic rock quality in a beautiful setting. November is prime climbing season here -temps are in the 60,s the rock is dry. Crowds well not yet we will see what the weekend brings.

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The Tennessee River.

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T is for Terry – taping up for our first route.

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Terry stepped right up to the wall. Here she is leading a route called Art – a perfect dihedral – and Prerequisite for Excellence another gem of a crack corner climb .

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One of the most perfect, pretty corners you will see.

Pursuit of Excellence.

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Great setting at the T Wall, sun all day, great views of the gorge and river below.

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Many a corner is capped by a roof.

Art Mooney