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Alabama Dome 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Arizona Dome 1 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Candy Store, The 2 / 16 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 26
Cattle Pocket and Corridors Area 30 / 54 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 84
Earthday and Munge Domes 4 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Erin's Valentine 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Ghosts, The 2 / 24 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 26
Hell Wall 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Hideout, The 1 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Monument Slot (aka Gunga Din) 1 / 25 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 27
North Hills Area 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Oz 3 / 4 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Paul's Paradise 4 / 24 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 27
Penguins, The 1 / 7 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Shark's Fin, The 0 / 6 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
South Park 1 / 6 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Southern Blonde 1 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Spinabifida 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Tenacious D wall 6 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Unknown Pillar 1 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Western Wall Area 10 / 44 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 58

Description

The Eastern Sierra truly is a delightful place for crag climbing. The one hundred-thirty mile stretch of Highway 395 south of Lee Vining to Lone Pine offers an impressive diversity of climbing opportunities. One such destination is the Alabama Hills, which lies west of Highway 395, below the spectacular snow capped High Sierra and Mt. Whitney, near the town of Lone Pine, CA.

The Alabama Hills are a vast expanse of coarse orange and brown high desert granite or quartz monzonite towers and outcrops reminiscent of those in Joshua Tree to the south. Rock quality ranges from quality brown patina, on north facing walls to chossy. The Alabama Hills has been described as the ultimate lazy man's crag with routes found just feet from the car to ten minute scrambles. There is a great deal of rock in the area and 300+ routes have been documented, the majority being bolted sport climbs.

Due to its easy access, incredibly beautiful setting, and historical significance, Alabama Hills has been utilized by a variety of user groups. Alabama Hills has a long history of use by the movie and television industry dating back to the 1920's. Please be respectful and stay clear of these groups and their equipment, as it is beneficial to the economy of the town of Lone Pine.

In the 1860's the town of Lone Pine, CA was primarily Southern (as in the
Confederacy) in their sympathies regarding the Civil War, while the town of Independence, CA on the other hand (15 miles to the north), being US Army Fort Independence, was primarily Northern (Union) in their allegiance. The residents of Lone Pine named the Alabama Hills to commemorate the Confederate iron-clad warship CSS Alabama, which was wreaking havoc on the Union fleet. To counter, the residents of Independence later named a local gold mine, Kearsarge, to commemorate the Union warship USS Kearsarge, that sank the CSS Alabama.

Getting There

Take Whitney Portal Road to this area. Most of the climbing is accessed from Movie Road, which heads north from the Whitney Portal Road.

For complete information get "A Rockclimber's Guide to The Alabama Hills," by Michael Strassman.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Alabama Hills

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Shark's Fin Arete
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Rotten Bananas
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
East Face
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Leonosphere
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Spur
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Bananarama
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Coral Sea Adventure
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Ankles Away
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Pangborn
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Alabama Hills Gang
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Hang 'em High
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Pirates on Horseback
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Tall T
Sport, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
High Plains Drifter
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Blockade Runner
Sport
Shark's Fin Arete Shark's Fin 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Rotten Bananas Western Wall Area > Tall Wall 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
East Face Shark's Fin 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Leonosphere Western Wall Area > Hoodgie Wall 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Spur Western Wall Area > Tall Wall 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Bananarama Western Wall Area > Tall Wall 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Coral Sea Adventure Shark's Fin 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Ankles Away Western Wall Area > Hoodgie Wall 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Pangborn Western Wall Area > Loaf 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Alabama Hills Gang Western Wall Area > Loaf 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Hang 'em High Western Wall Area > Western Wall 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Pirates on Horseback Shark's Fin 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Tall T Western Wall Area > Tall Wall 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, TR
High Plains Drifter Western Wall Area > Western Wall 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13 Sport
Blockade Runner Alabama Dome 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
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susan peplow
Joshua Tree
susan peplow   Joshua Tree
"Is the Croft/Lewis book the best for this area? 08 is the latest edition? "

Yup & Yup. Get it while you can.......... maximuspress.com/shop/prodd… Oct 21, 2014
liveit P
Mammoth Lakes, Ca
liveit P   Mammoth Lakes, Ca
As far as I know, the 2008 book is the most recent. Oct 20, 2014
Is the Croft/Lewis book the best for this area? 08 is the latest edition?
Thanks! Oct 19, 2014
Tommy Sant
Las Vegas, NV
Tommy Sant   Las Vegas, NV
It looks like one of the more recent guide books is titled:
Bishop Area Rock Climbs: The Climbing Guide to the Eastern Sierra—South by Peter Croft & Marty Lewis Jul 13, 2013
Russ Walling
www.FishProducts.com
Russ Walling   www.FishProducts.com
Hi David!

It is a lot like Josh for weather. March is a great month and should be fantastic. January will probably be cold, but routes in the sun with no wind should be fine.

May/june, probably good in the shade and hot in the sun. Right on the edge of it being desperately hot. August, hot and shade climbing in the AM or Eve would be mandatory.


Dec 10, 2012
lucander
Stone Ridge, NY
lucander   Stone Ridge, NY
How's the season for reliable and comfortable weather? Winter cragging in January or Spring Break (I'm a teacher) in late March? If too cold then, how about May/June-August? Dec 10, 2012
Simon H
Oakland, CA
Simon H   Oakland, CA
This would be a terrific place to take a new climber - the routes are user friendly, easy approaches, and there are many moderates. Sep 23, 2011
Per the Alabama Hills name: In the 1860's the town of Lone Pine was primarily Southern (Confederacy) in their sympathies with regard to the Civil War. The town of Independence on the other hand (~15 miles away), being a Federal Fort, was primarily Northern (Union) in their sympathies. The residents of Lone Pine named the Alabama Hills to commemorate the Confederate iron-clad warship Alabama, which was wrecking havoc on the Union fleet. To counter, the residents of Independence later named a local gold mine Kersarge, to commemorate the Union warship that sank the Alabama.

Finally! Marty's guide is available... Aug 13, 2008
Brad "Stonyman" Killough   Alabama  
Awesome area, spectacular.
Why do they call it Alabama Hills? Apr 15, 2008

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