Monday Morning Local Crags: Foster Falls, TN

Monday morning local crags is an ongoing feature that we’ll be posting on Mondays. Mainly we want to make you nostalgic for the weekend and see if any of you climbing fiends have some insider info on specific routes or special spots where you love to go climbing.

Good morning climbers! This week we’ll be focusing on climbing at Foster Falls in Tennessee. Foster Falls is located about 40 minutes northwest of Chattanooga. It is named for the 60 foot waterfall formed where Little Gizzard Creek pours over the western edge of the Cumberland Plateau. The gorge cut by the creek has exposed a band of sandstone cliffs along the north rim. These sandstone cliffs offer everything an avid climber could want including overhangs, aretes, cracks, roofs, and faces. Routes are typically vertical or overhanging, blocky with roofs, and average around 60 feet in height. There are some excellent thin face climbs and aretes, but those routes are often strenuous. There is no low-angle climbing

I’ve placed a list of routes below, along with their difficulty scores and a sweet video of some of the climbs you can do at the Falls.

Something else to keep in mind is that most of the climbs are generally well shaded, making for good summer climbing when other areas may be stifling hot. Spring and fall are good, as are warm winter days, so pretty much every season is a good season to climb at Foster Falls.

 

Routes

Ankles Away 5.9***, Pillsbury 5.10D***, Sport Puppy 5.9 (trad), Therapist 5.9+*, Bear Mountain Picnic 5.8+*, Mammplitude 5.9**, Fish-Eyed Fool 5.10B, Rode Hard, Put Up Wet 5.10B, Miss Scarlet 5.9+*, Timeless Christian Values 5.9*, Junkyard 5.11A, Wristlets 5.11C***, Afterburner 5.5, Gravity Boots 5.8