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Description

If you're looking for a pleasant spot to bring friends new to climbing, Alabama's Palisades Park is a great choice.

Located not far from Birmingham, Palisades is a Blount County Park with a nice little cliff line running just below its parking lot. There's a good range of climbing difficulty, ranging from easy 5.4 up to roofy 5.12. Almost all routes can be easily top-roped without leading, and most have permanent anchors, so it's a perfect place for a beginner's first outdoor climbing experience. And if you're just getting started on trad, Palisades is an excellent training ground; routes like Buckets (5.5) offer easy leading and plentiful protection. Be aware, though, that the grades tend to be sandbagged; Elephant Crack (5.6) and Box Lunch (5.7) are not for the novice leader. There's no sport climbing at Palisades; no bolting is allowed.

All climbers must register at the park office and buy a $5 climbing permit (good for three days) or a $35 annual permit. From the parking lot, head for the cliff top near a picnic pavilion and scramble down a fourth-class gully/chimney to the base of the cliff.

If you need a map of the routes, the park office will supply you with one. Otherwise, the Dixie Cragger's Atlas is a good resource for routes at Palisades.

Getting There

From Birmingham, take SR 75 north to Oneonta. Take a left on US 231 (north); about a mile or two outside of Oneonta, watch for signs pointing to Palisades Park and follow county roads to the park entrance.

From Atlanta, take I-20 west to the US 231 exit. Follow 231 north through Oneonta, then follow directions above to the park.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Palisades Park

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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 27
Posey's Pass
Trad, TR
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 47
Elephant Crack
Trad, TR
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 32
Box Lunch
Trad
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 46
Cashmere
Trad, TR
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 29
Steeples
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 19
Nine to Five
Trad, TR
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 26
The Flake
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 38
Boobs
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 13
Captain Crunch
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 10
Post Nasal Drip
Trad, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 16
Mickey's Mantle
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 12
Tim's Route
Trad, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 13
Night of the climbing dead
TR
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 6
Marginal Monster (M&M)
Trad, TR
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 17
Christmas Crack
Trad, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Posey's Pass
 27
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Elephant Crack
 47
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Box Lunch
 32
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad
Cashmere
 46
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad, TR
Steeples
 29
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad, TR
Nine to Five
 19
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
The Flake
 26
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Boobs
 38
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Captain Crunch
 13
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Post Nasal Drip
 10
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, TR
Mickey's Mantle
 16
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, TR
Tim's Route
 12
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, TR
Night of the climbing dead
 13
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b TR
Marginal Monster (M&M)
 6
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, TR
Christmas Crack
 17
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR
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