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Elevation: 565 ft 172 m
GPS: 33.7609, -86.87987
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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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Alabama

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V1 5
 150
Merlin
Boulder
V3 6A
 128
Genesis
Boulder
V3 6A
 135
Earth Wind & Fire
Boulder
V3 6A
 67
Grooverider
Boulder
V3 6A
 311
Bumboy
Boulder
V5 6C
 151
Hammerhead
Boulder
V5 6C
 82
Popeye
Boulder
V5 6C
 103
Cuts Like a Knife
Boulder
V5 6C
 58
Millipede
Boulder
V6 7A
 81
Redneck
Boulder
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 129
Comfortably Numb
Trad, TR
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 380
Misty
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 78
Never Believe
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 179
Dreamscape
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 61
Cardboard Cowboy
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Merlin Horse Pens 40 > Middle > Skywalker Area
 150
V1 5 Boulder
Genesis Horse Pens 40 > Middle > Skywalker Area
 128
V3 6A Boulder
Earth Wind & Fire Horse Pens 40 > Deck Area/Front Slabs
 135
V3 6A Boulder
Grooverider Horse Pens 40 > Turtle Rock Area/ Nat…
 67
V3 6A Boulder
Bumboy Horse Pens 40 > Supa Coola Area/ Mill…
 311
V3 6A Boulder
Hammerhead Horse Pens 40 > Deck Area/Front Slabs
 151
V5 6C Boulder
Popeye Horse Pens 40 > Ten Pins Area
 82
V5 6C Boulder
Cuts Like a Knife Horse Pens 40 > Slider Boulders > Slider Boulder
 103
V5 6C Boulder
Millipede Horse Pens 40 > Supa Coola Area/ Mill…
 58
V5 6C Boulder
Redneck Horse Pens 40 > Point Boulders (Redne…
 81
V6 7A Boulder
Comfortably Numb Sand Rock > Pinnacle
 129
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Misty Sand Rock > Sun Wall
 380
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Never Believe Sand Rock > Holiday Block
 78
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Dreamscape Sand Rock > Sun Wall
 179
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Cardboard Cowboy Little River Ca… > Lizard Wall
 61
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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