Elevation: 572 ft
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Shared By: saxfiend on Jan 5, 2007
Admins: saxfiend, Brad "Stonyman" Killough

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+
 100
The Stranger
Boulder
V2-3 5+
 87
Copa Cabana
Boulder
V3 6A
 81
Genesis
Boulder
V3 6A
 85
Earth Wind & Fire
Boulder
V3 6A
 205
Bumboy
Boulder
V4 6B
 73
Lowdown
Boulder
V5 6C
 94
Hammerhead
Boulder
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 110
Knob Wall
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 199
That Eight (aka Kennel Club)
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 85
Comfortably Numb
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 187
Oyster
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 209
Misty
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 99
Cinco de Mayo
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 83
Pigs in Zen (Tuesday's Gone)
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 102
Dreamscape
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Stranger Horse Pens 40 > Spirit Area
 100
V2 5+ Boulder
Copa Cabana Horse Pens 40 > Ten Pins Area
 87
V2-3 5+ Boulder
Genesis Temp HP40
 81
V3 6A Boulder
Earth Wind & Fire Horse Pens 40 > Deck Area/Front Slabs
 85
V3 6A Boulder
Bumboy Horse Pens 40 > Supa Coola Area/ Mill…
 205
V3 6A Boulder
Lowdown Horse Pens 40 > Mulletino Boulder.
 73
V4 6B Boulder
Hammerhead Horse Pens 40 > Deck Area/Front Slabs
 94
V5 6C Boulder
Knob Wall Sand Rock > Sun Wall
 110
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
That Eight (aka Kennel Club) Sand Rock > Holiday Block
 199
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Comfortably Numb Sand Rock > Pinnacle
 85
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Oyster Sand Rock > Holiday Block
 187
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Misty Sand Rock > Sun Wall
 209
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Cinco de Mayo Sand Rock > Holiday Block
 99
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Pigs in Zen (Tuesday's Gone) Sand Rock > Holiday Block
 83
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Dreamscape Sand Rock > Sun Wall
 102
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
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