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Alabama Rock Climbing 


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Location: 33.7609, -86.8799 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: saxfiend, Brad "Stonyman" Killough, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: saxfiend on Jan 5, 2007
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T.W. on DEAD RECKONING, 5.10a

Description 

It may not be the first place you think of as a climbing destination, but Alabama has some excellent crags to choose from, most within a two-hour drive of Atlanta or Birmingham.

Climbing in Alabama is mostly sandstone. The Cumberland Plateau, which hosts the great sandstone cliffs of Tennessee, extends into northern Alabama. Areas like Jamestown are similar to T-Wall and Sunset in Chattanooga, though the cliffs are not as tall. Other areas like Sand Rock, by contrast, tend toward sandstone with a fair amount of conglomerate mixed in.

For trad climbers, Jamestown is the top destination, with numerous excellent lines. Areas like Sand Rock and Griffin Falls have a mix of sport and trad, while Palisades Park is a great place for setting up easy to moderate topropes. Boulderers can enjoy the great problems of Horse Pens 40 and Moss Rock Preserve.

Because many of Alabama's destinations are on private land, access has been a perennial problem. While there are some areas that have been closed with little hope of ever reopening, Jamestown is a special success story. In 2005, the Southeastern Climbers Coalition purchased the land that includes the Jamestown cliffline, reopening the area to legal climbing for the first time in 12 years. With luck, other off-limits areas can be reopened with similar tactics.

Getting There 

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Climbing Season

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Weather station 5.5 miles from here

1,021 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',51],['3 Stars',363],['2 Stars',374],['1 Star',91],['Bomb',4]
['<=5.6',17],['5.7',22],['5.8',48],['5.9',65],['5.10',104],['5.11',70],['5.12',46],['5.13',11],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',74],['V2-3',284],['V4-5',152],['V6-7',70],['V8-9',47],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',13],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Alabama

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Alabama:
The Stranger   V2 5+     Boulder, 10'   Horse Pens 40 : Spirit Area
Bumboy   V3 6A     Boulder, 8'   Horse Pens 40 : Supa Coola Area/ Millipede ...
Grooverider   V3 6A     Boulder, 10'   Horse Pens 40 : Turtle Rock/ Natural Boulde...
Earth Wind & Fire   V3 6A     Boulder   Horse Pens 40 : Deck Area/Front Slabs
Genesis   V3 6A     Boulder, 10'   Temp HP40
Red Arrow   V4- 6B     Boulder   Temp HP40
Man With The Slow Hand   V4 6B     Boulder   Temp HP40
Mortal Combat   V4 6B     Boulder, 20'   Horse Pens 40 : Mortal Combat Area/ Mortal ...
Hammerhead   V5 6C     Boulder   Horse Pens 40 : Deck Area/Front Slabs
Popeye   V5 6C     Boulder, 10'   Horse Pens 40 : Ten Pins Area
Millipede   V5 6C     Boulder, 8'   Horse Pens 40 : Supa Coola Area/ Millipede ...
God Module   V11+ 8A     Boulder   Temp HP40
Knob Wall   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Sand Rock : Sun Wall
That Eight (aka Kennel Club)   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Sand Rock : Holiday Block
My Dog Has Fleas   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Sand Rock : Holiday Block
Comfortably Numb   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 120'   Sand Rock : The Pinnacle
Knife Crack   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Griffin Falls
Oyster   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Sand Rock : Holiday Block
Misty   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Sand Rock : Sun Wall
Dreamscape   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Sand Rock : Sun Wall
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in Alabama

Featured Route For Alabama
Rock Climbing Photo: Bryan makes a tenuous friction move on Twinkle Toe...

Twinkle Toes 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  AL : Jamestown : White Wall
One of a small handful of sport routes at Jamestown, Twinkle Toes requires crimps and delicate balance. An excellent climb.From the ledge, make a tenuous mantel move to a small ledge, then continue up the face on thin holds to the top....[more]   Browse More Classics in AL

Photos of Alabama Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Liz redpointing The Wasp, V3, Horse Pens 40.
Liz redpointing The Wasp, V3, Horse Pens 40.
Rock Climbing Photo: Denmark Blount maintains intense focus on his foot...
Denmark Blount maintains intense focus on his foot...
Rock Climbing Photo: T.W. on DEAD RECKONING, 5.10a
T.W. on DEAD RECKONING, 5.10a
Rock Climbing Photo: Gene Smith working on the FA of Chandler Roof
Gene Smith working on the FA of Chandler Roof
Rock Climbing Photo: jon at the belay station on "2 pitch not 2 pa...
jon at the belay station on "2 pitch not 2 pa...
Rock Climbing Photo: High Life, V5, HP40
High Life, V5, HP40
Rock Climbing Photo: Katrenis on Millipede,  HP40
Katrenis on Millipede, HP40
Rock Climbing Photo: Alabama yard dog.
Alabama yard dog.
Rock Climbing Photo: Weiss.
Weiss.
Rock Climbing Photo: Brad Killough on Oyster 5.10 a
Brad Killough on Oyster 5.10 a
Rock Climbing Photo: jon and john pitch two "2 pitch not 2 pac&quo...
jon and john pitch two "2 pitch not 2 pac&quo...
Rock Climbing Photo: Brad Killough, doing what he does at most comps. J...
Brad Killough, doing what he does at most comps. J...
Rock Climbing Photo: john wilson on the first pitch of "2 pitch no...
john wilson on the first pitch of "2 pitch no...
Rock Climbing Photo: Nice trad, past Fiath.
Nice trad, past Fiath.
Rock Climbing Photo: Spring.
Spring.
Rock Climbing Photo: hope that gri gri checks out
hope that gri gri checks out
Rock Climbing Photo: More boulders than boulderers.
More boulders than boulderers.
Rock Climbing Photo: The crew at Sand Rock!
The crew at Sand Rock!

Comments on Alabama Add Comment
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By shannon stegg
Mar 24, 2013
how come Little River Canyon is not represented in mountain project
By UncleBen
From: Steele, AL
Mar 25, 2013
Because the locals would freak!
Shannon....you should add your knowledge to the database here, especially on the classics.
Jamestown, Sandrock, Tallulah, Laurel Knob, Whitesides...
By starboarder2001
From: Arvada, CO
Apr 3, 2013
I found a guide book for little river canyon. Little River Canyon Guide
By bernard
From: birmingham, al
Nov 6, 2013
stoked!

probably as much forgotten about the canyon as remains topical
By AU Tiger Fan
Jul 12, 2014
I could not find the Walls of Jericho in Jackson County on here. Was surprised. Thought it might be. Great hiking but walls and caves make for excellent climbing.

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