Elevation: 572 ft
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Shared By: saxfiend on Jan 5, 2007
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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.

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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.
V2 5+
 86
The Stranger
Boulder
V2-3 5+
 75
Copa Cabana
Boulder
V3 6A
 73
Genesis
Boulder
V3 6A
 77
Earth Wind & Fire
Boulder
V3 6A
 176
Bumboy
Boulder
V5 6C
 84
Hammerhead
Boulder
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 91
Knob Wall
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 166
That Eight (aka Kennel Club)
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 176
My Dog Has Fleas
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 75
Comfortably Numb
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 150
Oyster
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 173
Misty
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 80
Cinco de Mayo
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 73
Pigs in Zen (Tuesday's Gone)
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 92
Dreamscape
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Stranger Horse Pens 40 > Spirit Area
 86
V2 5+ Boulder
Copa Cabana Horse Pens 40 > Ten Pins Area
 75
V2-3 5+ Boulder
Genesis Temp HP40
 73
V3 6A Boulder
Earth Wind & Fire Horse Pens 40 > Deck Area/Front Slabs
 77
V3 6A Boulder
Bumboy Horse Pens 40 > Supa Coola Area/ Mill…
 176
V3 6A Boulder
Hammerhead Horse Pens 40 > Deck Area/Front Slabs
 84
V5 6C Boulder
Knob Wall Sand Rock > Sun Wall
 91
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
That Eight (aka Kennel Club) Sand Rock > Holiday Block
 166
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
My Dog Has Fleas Sand Rock > Holiday Block
 176
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Comfortably Numb Sand Rock > Pinnacle
 75
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Oyster Sand Rock > Holiday Block
 150
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Misty Sand Rock > Sun Wall
 173
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Cinco de Mayo Sand Rock > Holiday Block
 80
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Pigs in Zen (Tuesday's Gone) Sand Rock > Holiday Block
 73
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Dreamscape Sand Rock > Sun Wall
 92
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
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how come Little River Canyon is not represented in mountain project Mar 24, 2013
BirminghamBen
Birmingham, AL
BirminghamBen   Birmingham, AL
Because the locals would freak! Mar 25, 2013
bernard wolfe
birmingham, al
bernard wolfe   birmingham, al
stoked!

probably as much forgotten about the canyon as remains topical Nov 6, 2013
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. Jul 12, 2014
Does anyone have any info about yellow creek falls? I've been hiking there a couple of times and noticed a few sport routes going up Apr 4, 2017
BirminghamBen
Birmingham, AL
BirminghamBen   Birmingham, AL
Marty. PM me through the site concerning YCF. FYI, it is on private property and should not be posted anywhere in the public domain. Apr 18, 2017
Colton Samblis
Gautier, MS
Colton Samblis   Gautier, MS
So i have a relative that owns some beautiful property in winston county. Its a ravine with climbing on both sides with two pretty large (30 and 50 feet) waterfalls on either end. Stream right through the center. He's old and recently bought the land and wants to open it up to campers and climbers. I went to check out the climbing, did some top roping. Everything that I found was pretty overhanging in the 10-12 range. The rock seemed a little chossy but I've never been to an undeveloped crag so I don't know how much of that will be cleaned. One of the routes I did had a killer slab section followed by a fun overhanging jug/crimp haul. It's a small crag (maybe 500 feet or so of climbable cliff line on either side) but a decent height (50-70ft) and there is definitely some potential. Not to mention the area is gorgeous.

The point of posting this is I'm looking for someone more experienced who might want to help develop this area further. The owner is ok with bolting up the lines. I didn't find much trad but it's probably there. PM if you'd like pictures or more information. Dec 29, 2018