RockCreek.com’s parent company, Rock/Creek Outfitters, has just joined the initiative to lease Castle Rock in order to make it open to climbers. As the Southeastern Climbers’ Coalition’s Web site explains, “Castle Rock is located approximately 3 miles northwest of downtown Jasper, Tennessee. You catch a glimpse of this proud buttress as you drive up the hill towards Foster Falls (look to your right above Castle Rock church). Castle Rock is located on private land and has technically been closed to the climbing public. In the fall of 2004, The Southeastern Climbers Coalition began negotiations with the landowners to open access to this area. A verbal committment has been reached and a lease should be signed during the month of October 2005.”
“Castle Rock is approximately 1/2 mile long of 80 to 120 ft. tall bullet sandstone. Castle Rock is known for many 5.11 and 5.12 sport climbs and one of the hardest routes in the state of Tennessee – Apes on Acid (5.13d). Castle Rock is listed as a 4 star (out of 5) crag in Tim Toula’s “Rock and Road” guidebook.”
If you’d like to contribute or read more about Castle Rock, check out the SEC page here.
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