Unfortunately, the Golden Era of Tampa Bay area buildering has passed with the destruction of the great lines at Fort Desoto. No longer can you park in the lot on the beach, walk 30 seconds to the walls, put on your shoes and get a classic session in. Fortunately, Egmont Key still provides fun climbing for those who put in the effort. And don’t get caught…
The easiest problem at Egmont, but don’t be fooled by “The Lip Traverse’s” mellow appearance.
The original line at Egmont, “Tideline” follows an arete past an overlap.
This is THE classic line at Egmont. Small holds and balancy moves to a perfect top out.
“Crab Crawl” is the direct line up the center of the main block. Shallow pockets and small crimps give way to finger buckets to the top.
The start of the “KO Wall” is finicky depending on the sand height. Periods of high sand make the beginning a bit scrunchy. Big moves between poor holds keep this one interesting.
“Soggy Pants” – another classic. Grab the pockets on either side of the arete and throw for the lip. Pray there’s no bird shit on the top out.