Rocktown Bouldering

Just two weeks ago we were fortunate to spend two and a half days sampling the delightful sandstone boulders in Rocktown, Georgia. Rocktown is one of three prized bouldering locations in the southeast, alongside Little Rock City and (of course) Horse Pens 40. The nearby town of LaFayette offers most of the basic amenities one would require on a visit to the area, but for a wider variety of rest day activities, climbing gear, and general stock-up, Chattanooga, Tennessee is a mere 45 min drive away. The bouldering at Rocktown is located on top of a mountain in the Crockford-Pigeon Mountain Wildlife Management Area, and since January 2012 a “Georgia Outdoor Recreation Pass” (GORP) is required to participate in any recreation in the area. A $35 annual group pass covers unlimited access and camping, and can include up to 8 people, which is great.

We were super lucky to meet up with a couple friends we’d met in the Red River Gorge for our short stay. Ben and Marc helped us to get our bearings and showed us around the various problems, plus they were super fun and positive to climb with! Marc is also an up-and-coming climbing photographer who is taking some awesome shots. Check out his work here: http://www.thegnarwall.com/ 

We wish we’d had more time to project some of the awesome problems and explore more that Rocktown has to offer, but that will have to wait until our next visit.

A summary of our stay in photos:

Graham squeezing the slopers on “The Orb” (V8)
Kim sticking the big move on “Nose Candy” (V6). Photo Credit: Marc Bourguignon
Graham cranks through powerful underclings on “The Vagina” (V7)
Graham on his send of “Lab Rats” (V6)
Marc throws for the dyno on “The Comet” (V7)
More flying through the air on attempts of “The Comet” (V7)
Ben delicately steps across the scoop of “The Scoop” (V2)
Kim on her send of “Soap on a Rope” (V4). Photo credit: Marc Bourguignon
Graham does a repeat for the camera after his send of “Paparazzi” (V7)
Kim on her send of “Golden Showers” (V5)
Marc on his send of the classic problem “The Orb” (V8)
Lichen funk.
We love Rocktown!!

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