If you're reading this, you're well aware of the record rains that came sweeping through Western Carolina in recent weeks. As a result, the Hound Ears leg of the Triple Crown was rescheduled for early November (the 7th), and climbers all across the Southeast, and beyond, are now chomping at the bit for some good old-fashioned bouldering competition.
Psych should be higher than ever for the Stone Fort leg of the series. Added challenges, catered food, a huge after-party, and much more awaits attending climbers on top of Mowbray Mountain on October 17. The famous sandstone boulder field is the perfect location for this comp, with a wide variety of heights and angles and even including boulders that are normally off limits to climbers, everyone is sure to find something they love here.
Here’s a look at what to expect at the Stone Fort leg of the Triple Crown.
Stone Fort is situated next to the Montlake Golf Club on top of beautiful Mowbray Mountain outside of Chattanooga. The highly concentrated part of the boulder field is nestled within the trees next to the golf course, but special to this event is the access to the normally closed off fairway boulders—which is an especially nice treat for local climbers who are looking for a bit of variety. The parking lot is large but carpooling is encouraged as over 1,000 people are expected to attend the event, according to the organizers.
This year the comp will also be coinciding with not just one, but two frisbee golf tournaments that will take place at the front nine and back nine of the golf course. As if that weren't enough, the organizers this year decided to throw in another challenge with adding a 4.2 mile run, the Rock/Creek Stone Fort Stomp, on the paved path that runs through the golf course. So climbers should also bring their running shoes as they will have the opportunity to participate in the biathlon category that includes both bouldering points and the run that will kick off at noon.
And the fun doesn’t stop here. After the score cards have been turned in, and you’re ready to call it a day, the evening will commence with music from live bands, catered food, some other shenanigans, and of course….beer. Lots and lots of beer.
For visiting climbers, the best lodging options will be found in Chattanooga, just 20 minutes from Stone Fort. The Crash Pad Hostel is an obvious and popular choice, but there are plenty of other hotels and motels to choose from as well. The Chattanooga airport—an airport that's recently become known for having the best Wifi out of any airport in the world—is an easy 20-minute drive from town, and it's an extremely navigable place that offers flights to and from larger airports like Atlanta, Nashville, and Charlotte.
Anvil will also be providing crash pad rentals for the Stone Fort event and spectators are welcome to attend the event for a fee of $10.
The Triple Crown organizers have worked extremely hard over the years to create relationships and mutual respect with each location's owners and land management. Let’s show our appreciation to the Montlake Golf Club for once again letting climbers take over their beautiful setting by treating them, the land, and everyone around you with the respect and care they deserve.
Note: In case of rain the events will be delayed until the following day.