SOP - Climbing

Climbing at Sewanee

Climbing at Sewanee is as easy as finding a hiking trail. We have multiple places to climb within walking distance from main campus.




The Domain offers students climbing and bouldering opportunities on 15 miles of cliff line. Most climbing sites are a short walk or bike ride from central campus. Climbs range from 35 to 80 feet in height and include vertical slabs and classic steep south overhangs. More than 50 established routes are dominantly top rope climbs, but several sport routes and trad routes also exist. Grades range from 5.4 to 5.12d. Trips are offered for beginners, intermediate, and advanced.


Sewanee has a rich history of climbing, both on the sandstone of the Domain and around the country.



Tons of bouldering is located right on campus and Sewanee has an indoor bouldering wall 60 feet long and 12 feet high.

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Sport climbing on campus.

SOP climbing leaders plan, organize, and lead climbing trips to areas in the Southeast, like the Obed River Gorge, the Red River Gorge, Foster Falls, and Stone Fort. Spring Break trips have gone to Hueco Tanks, TX; Shelf Road, CO; Penitente Canyon, CO; and Enchanted Tower, NM. 

‌Sport climbing at the Obed River, TN

Bouldering at Hueco Tanks, TX.

Climbing in the Crestones, CO.

Climbing in the Crestones, CO

On the Nose, Looking Glass, NC

Spring Break Sport Climbing at Shelf Road, CO. 

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Shelf Road, CO.