Elevation: 877 ft
GPS: 34.411, -85.574 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: saxfiend on Jan 7, 2007
Admins: saxfiend, Brad "Stonyman" Killough
Access Issue: Please respect surrounding private property. Details

Description

Jamestown is Alabama's surprise gift to trad climbing. Located where the tail end of Lookout Mountain pokes down from Tennessee, Jamestown's sandstone cliffs have a lot in common with some of that state's great crags. And unlike some more popular destinations, Jamestown retains a pristine wilderness flavor, due in large part to its isolated location.

Climbing at Jamestown goes back to 1978, when Rich Gottlieb scouted out the crag on a day too rainy for climbing at Sand Rock. Over the several years, Gottlieb and well-known southern climbers like Chick Holtkamp, Shannon Stegg, Rob Robinson and others established numerous excellent trad lines.

For a long time, Jamestown was one of those semi-secret destinations, known and climbed by only the chosen few. But even the chosen few got shut out in the early 90s when a local property owner who claimed ownership over the crag forbade climbing there. All that changed in 2005, when the Southeastern Climbers Coalition did some research and found the real owner of the cliffline. A deal was worked out and Jamestown was sold to the SCC, reopening climbing there for the first time since 1993.

With a few notable exceptions, Jamestown is a trad climbing area. No bolting is allowed without express approval by the SCC. It's also worth noting that the cliff is prone to water seepage, which makes large sections slick and wet for a week or more after any rainfall.

Getting There

From Atlanta, head north on I-75 to the Rome exit (Hwy. 411/20, exit 290). Continue through Rome on GA 20 and into Alabama; about five miles past the border, turn right (north) on SR 35. Proceed on 35 past the intersection with Hwy. 68, then watch for the next major crossing, county roads 273 and 15 (you'll see a gas station/convenience store at this corner which may or may not be in business).

Turn right on CR 15 and continue for about three miles. After passing a cemetery on the left, watch for a gravel turnoff on the left with a small street number sign (3147). Turn left here and follow this dirt/gravel road past an old stone dam on the left and through the woods until you reach a clearing for farm pasture on the left.

Look for a gated turnoff on the right and turn here, following the track through a pasture and back into the woods. Continue until this intersects with a well-defined farm road that follows the power lines. Turn left here and go through another gate, finishing at a dirt parking area at the base of the power lines. IMPORTANT: Do not leave the farm gates open! Hike up the powerline trail and watch for flagging with surveyor's tape to indicate where the trail cuts left into the woods. Follow the flagged trail up to the cliff and turn left at the SCC kiosk.

NOTE: The old access trail from the top of the cliff is permanently closed. Do not use this trail or you'll be trespassing.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Jamestown

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5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 54
Yum Yum Tree
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 37
Truth or Consequences
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
 19
Winter's Respite
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 18
Medusa Tree
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 15
High Infidelity
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 23
Plain Truth
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 23
Registration (The Arch)
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 24
Pumpkin Patches
Trad
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 12
Cinnamon Girl
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 10
Autumn Sonata
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 11
Bishop of Krunk
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 15
The Great Stumpkin
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 7
Twinkle Toes
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 19
Hairdressers on Fire
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 4
Hayride
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Yum Yum Tree Harvest Wall
 54
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Truth or Consequences Harvest Wall
 37
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Winter's Respite Winter Wall
 19
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13 Trad
Medusa Tree White Wall
 18
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
High Infidelity Winter Wall
 15
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Plain Truth Harvest Wall
 23
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Registration (The Arch) Winter Wall
 23
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Pumpkin Patches Harvest Wall
 24
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Cinnamon Girl Winter Wall
 12
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Autumn Sonata White Wall
 10
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Bishop of Krunk White Wall
 11
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
The Great Stumpkin Harvest Wall
 15
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Twinkle Toes White Wall
 7
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Hairdressers on Fire Winter Wall
 19
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Hayride Harvest Wall
 4
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
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