Elevation: 572 ft
GPS: 33.7609, -86.8799
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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.
V1+ 5
 74
Night Fever
Boulder
V3 6A
 106
Genesis
Boulder
V3 6A
 118
Earth Wind & Fire
Boulder
V3 6A
 85
Spirit Problem
Boulder
V3 6A
 276
Bumboy
Boulder
V4 6B
 89
Lowdown
Boulder
V5 6C
 136
Hammerhead
Boulder
V5 6C
 73
Popeye
Boulder
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 109
Comfortably Numb
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 266
Oyster
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 325
Misty
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 109
Pigs in Zen (Tuesday's Gone)
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
 80
Price is Right
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 89
Lemonade
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 156
Dreamscape
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Night Fever Horse Pens 40 > Deck Area/Front Slabs
 74
V1+ 5 Boulder
Genesis Temp HP40
 106
V3 6A Boulder
Earth Wind & Fire Horse Pens 40 > Deck Area/Front Slabs
 118
V3 6A Boulder
Spirit Problem Horse Pens 40 > Spirit Area
 85
V3 6A Boulder
Bumboy Horse Pens 40 > Supa Coola Area/ Mill…
 276
V3 6A Boulder
Lowdown Horse Pens 40 > Mulletino Boulder.
 89
V4 6B Boulder
Hammerhead Horse Pens 40 > Deck Area/Front Slabs
 136
V5 6C Boulder
Popeye Horse Pens 40 > Ten Pins Area
 73
V5 6C Boulder
Comfortably Numb Sand Rock > Pinnacle
 109
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Oyster Sand Rock > Holiday Block
 266
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Misty Sand Rock > Sun Wall
 325
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Pigs in Zen (Tuesday's Gone) Sand Rock > Holiday Block
 109
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Price is Right Sand Rock > Hole
 80
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13 Sport
Lemonade Little River Ca… > Lizard Wall
 89
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Dreamscape Sand Rock > Sun Wall
 156
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
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