The Obed: A Climber’s Guide to the Wild and Scenic

The Obed: A Climber’s Guide to the Wild and Scenic
Including a complete guide to the Lilly Boulders
By Kelly Brown

The Obed Wild and Scenic River is a magical landscape of meandering rivers, dense forests, breath-taking vistas, and for the climber – miles upon miles of sandstone cliffs. Located in Northeastern Tennessee, about an hour outside of Knoxville, the Obed has been a secluded and peaceful climber hangout for more than 30 years. Originally a traditional only climbing area, the early 90’s sport climbing revolution transformed the Obed into one of the finest sport climbing areas in the United States. Known for its unrelenting steepness, the Obed is host to the largest collection of horizontal roofs (equipped for your climbing pleasure) anywhere in North America. The rock at the Obed is a very smoothly textured, but well featured version of beautiful Cumberland Sandstone that many climbers describe as nearly perfect. Combine these amazing attributes with one of the friendliest and easy going climber campgrounds to be found – Del’s Lilly Pad – located mere minutes from an assortment of crags, and you have a  playground that should be a mandatory visit for all traveling climbers.

The Obed: A Climber’s Guide to the Wild and Scenic is the first ever exclusive and comprehensive guide to the climbing at the Obed. Included within are a lifetime’s worth of routes found at six separate crags – The Obed, Y–12, Lilly Bluff, North Clear Creek, South Clear Creek, and Little Clear Creek – as well as a complete guide to the largest and most popular bouldering area in Northeastern Tennessee – the Lilly Boulders. The book is authored by Kelly Brown, a longtime Knoxville local, and one of the primary route developers at the Obed. Kelly has had a life long relationship with the Obed, where many of his most powerful and memorable experiences have taken place, and does a fantastic job of sharing both his love for the area as well as more than 20 years of history that only he knows.

There are many features to this guidebook that make it great besides just Kelly’s historical perspective and witty descriptions. Knoxville photographer Mark A. Large shot an unbelievable amount of photos for the book and his action photography is featured within. Joining his photos are many others taken by professional photographers Andrew Kornylak, Jim Thornburg, Lynn Willis, Dan Brayack, Chris Brundige, Sean Leeder, and Luke Laeser. Many climbers contributed historical information and essays about the area including Brad Carter, Chris Jones, James Gose, Frank Harvey, James Litz, Glenn Ritter, Stan Wallace, Rob Turan, and Del Scruggs. The book is also full of the features you would expect in a Greener Grass Publishing guidebook – lots of super detailed maps, intensive photo-topos, tick lists, and clear and concise beta – all in full color of course.

In keeping with our tradition of giving back to areas featured in our guidebooks, Greener Grass Publishing has pledged to donate 5% of all proceeds from this guidebook to the East Tennessee Climbers Coalition, a group dedicated to preserving climbing in the Obed.

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Book Details:
The Obed: A Climber’s Guide to the Wild and Scenic
Including the Lilly Boulders
By Kelly Brown
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-9833820-0-3
Release Date: July, 2011
216 pages, Full Color