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Holiday Block

Alabama > Sand Rock

Description

The Holiday Block is another free-standing rock formation, just north of the Pinnacle. As with the Pinnacle, there's a good mix of sport and trad lines on all sides of the Holiday Block, and many can be set up as topropes.

Getting There

Same approach as for the Pinnacle.

Routes from Left to Right

5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 37
Gravy Train
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 161
Oyster
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 56
Walking the Dog
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 67
Rabies
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 44
Pump Handles
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 179
That Eight (aka Kennel Club)
Sport
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 13
Chimney Approach
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 12
They Call Me Cruiser
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 17
Cruise This
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 6
Bird in Hand
Trad
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 185
My Dog Has Fleas
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 12
Mark's Menace
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 2
Launchitude
Trad
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b PG13
 3
Sandrewf
Trad
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 86
Cinco de Mayo
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 10
Plush
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 44
Never Believe
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 12
Tales From the Hard Side
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a X
 2
Fat Tuesday
Trad, TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 78
Pigs in Zen (Tuesday's Gone)
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Gravy Train
 37
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Oyster
 161
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Walking the Dog
 56
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad
Rabies
 67
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Pump Handles
 44
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
That Eight (aka Kennel Club)
 179
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Chimney Approach
 13
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad
They Call Me Cruiser
 12
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Cruise This
 17
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Bird in Hand
 6
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
My Dog Has Fleas
 185
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Mark's Menace
 12
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Launchitude
 2
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Sandrewf
 3
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b PG13 Trad
Cinco de Mayo
 86
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Plush
 10
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Never Believe
 44
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Tales From the Hard Side
 12
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Fat Tuesday
 2
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a X Trad, TR
Pigs in Zen (Tuesday's Gone)
 78
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport

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I've added the Trad routes to the outside of the Sport Route map. Let me know if I got anything out of place, and I'll do a new one. :)
[Hide Photo] I've added the Trad routes to the outside of the Sport Route map. Let me know if I got anything out of place, and I'll do a new one. :)
Beautiful day in Sand Rock
[Hide Photo] Beautiful day in Sand Rock
South side of Holiday Block featuring Pump Handles and That Eight
[Hide Photo] South side of Holiday Block featuring Pump Handles and That Eight
North side of Holiday Block, featuring My Dog Has Fleas 5.9
[Hide Photo] North side of Holiday Block, featuring My Dog Has Fleas 5.9
South (valley side) West side of Holiday Block. Rope on Walking the Dog 9-
[Hide Photo] South (valley side) West side of Holiday Block. Rope on Walking the Dog 9-
Northeast side of Holiday Block
[Hide Photo] Northeast side of Holiday Block
West side of Holiday Block, opposite side of the parking lot.
[Hide Photo] West side of Holiday Block, opposite side of the parking lot.
Holiday Block Sport Routes.
[Hide Photo] Holiday Block Sport Routes.
clipping bolts
[Hide Photo] clipping bolts
Paige on Kennel Club.
[Hide Photo] Paige on Kennel Club.
Belaying at the Holiday block with a view of Lake Weiss in the background. Graffiti and trash aside Sand Rock is a beautiful place
[Hide Photo] Belaying at the Holiday block with a view of Lake Weiss in the background. Graffiti and trash aside Sand Rock is a beautiful place
West side of Holiday block. Several good overhanging sport routes are here. 5.11-5.12
[Hide Photo] West side of Holiday block. Several good overhanging sport routes are here. 5.11-5.12

Comments [Hide ALL Comments]

Will S
Joshua Tree
[Hide Comment] There's a chimneyish feature on the N. side that allows easy access to the top. Basically a short 4th or low 5th class solo. Sep 24, 2010
Nathan Devan
Tuscaloosa, AL
[Hide Comment] For newcomers, from the main approach if you walk left and down the first bolted route is "That Eight." If you go to the right the first bolted route is "Cruise This" with bolts up high. Mar 18, 2019