Elevation: 1,295 ft
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Shared By: Brad "Stonyman" Killough on Jan 23, 2008 with improvements by Nathan Devan
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Description

A great Bouldering spot/ one of the best in perhaps the world!! Fall and winter are the best times to visit HP40, and has three bouldering competition's a year/- Chandler Mountain Challenge, HP40 Rocks, Triple Crown Bouldering series!! The rock is sand rock and is some of the best sloper's in bouldering!! Say thank you to the Schultz family for saving this pristine area for pebble wrestlers to enjoy.
PLEASE CHECK IN WITH THE CAMP STORE AND SIGN A WAIVER AND PAY YER FEE. IF YOU TRY TO SNEAK IN, YOU WILL GET CAUGHT AND PROBABLY ASK TO LEAVE.

A new guidebook, HORSE PENS 40 Bouldering by Adam Henry, has recently been published. This guide lists topos and descriptions for all HP40 boulder problems.
This book is a must have for bouldering in the south!! Got mine, get yours!

Getting There

From Chattanooga Tn. go Interstate 24 west to interstate 59 South and follow to hwy 231 and follow sign's to Horse Pen's 40. From Atlanta Ga. take interstate 20 to interstate 59 towards Attalla/Gadsden and get off at hwy 231 north and follow sign's to hp40!

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Classic Climbing Routes at Horse Pens 40

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0 4
 58
Silky
Boulder
V1+ 5
 53
Night Fever
Boulder
V2 5+
 89
The Stranger
Boulder
V2-3 5+
 80
Copa Cabana
Boulder
V3 6A
 79
Earth Wind & Fire
Boulder
V3 6A
 64
Spirit Problem
Boulder
V3 6A
 43
Grooverider
Boulder
V3 6A
 60
Panty Shields
Boulder
V3 6A
 181
Bumboy
Boulder
V4 6B
 69
Lowdown
Boulder
V4 6B
 50
The Beach
Boulder
V4 6B
 48
Centerpede
Boulder
V5 6C
 87
Hammerhead
Boulder
V5 6C
 51
Popeye
Boulder
V5-6 6C+
 38
Millipede
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Silky Ten Pins Area
 58
V0 4 Boulder
Night Fever Deck Area/Front Slabs
 53
V1+ 5 Boulder
The Stranger Spirit Area
 89
V2 5+ Boulder
Copa Cabana Ten Pins Area
 80
V2-3 5+ Boulder
Earth Wind & Fire Deck Area/Front Slabs
 79
V3 6A Boulder
Spirit Problem Spirit Area
 64
V3 6A Boulder
Grooverider Turtle Rock/ Natural…
 43
V3 6A Boulder
Panty Shields Turtle Rock Area/ Pan…
 60
V3 6A Boulder
Bumboy Supa Coola Area/ Mill…
 181
V3 6A Boulder
Lowdown Mulletino Boulder.
 69
V4 6B Boulder
The Beach Ten Pins Area
 50
V4 6B Boulder
Centerpede Supa Coola Area/ Mill…
 48
V4 6B Boulder
Hammerhead Deck Area/Front Slabs
 87
V5 6C Boulder
Popeye Ten Pins Area
 51
V5 6C Boulder
Millipede Supa Coola Area/ Mill…
 38
V5-6 6C+ Boulder
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Brad "Stonyman" Killough   Alabama  
This page is being redone, so if you see a problem that doesn't have a picture put it on here. Nov 15, 2011
Rick Carpenter
Marion, NC
Rick Carpenter   Marion, NC
Camping allowed? Dec 1, 2011
Brad "Stonyman" Killough   Alabama  
Yes, check in at the camp store. Dec 1, 2011
Grady Jackson
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Grady Jackson   Cape Elizabeth, Maine
vimeo.com/23732423 Jan 31, 2012
Brad "Stonyman" Killough   Alabama  
Great job. Feb 2, 2012
jmat  
Does anybody know the name of this problem? and climber? I think her name is Angie. It was taken about 7 years ago at Bouldergrass. I was wanting to use this picture for something, and I don't have contact info to get permission to use her image.
Feb 27, 2013
Ryan McCorvey
Chattanooga, Tn
Ryan McCorvey   Chattanooga, Tn
The problem looks like The Stranger. Don't know the climber though Mar 18, 2013
Tim T.
Westport, MA
Tim T.   Westport, MA
How is the AT&T cell service at the camping area here at HP40?

Random question I know, but I'm currently supporting a life on the road by working remotely, and have been using my AT&T cell phone as a hotspot in order to get connected to the internet.

So, I am generally limited to climbing areas that also have decent cell service...

Could anyone by any chance post some speed test results for the camping area?


Thanks in advance to anyone who might be able to help! Dec 6, 2015
BirminghamBen
Birmingham, AL
BirminghamBen   Birmingham, AL
Unscientifically, I get "full coverage", I.E. full-bars, most everywhere on Chandler Mountain with AT&T. No help on speed tests.

Edited to add, based on the update below, that I drive from the front side to the rear side of Chandler Mountain everyday. Only until I am on the far side, headed down the hill into the valley, do I drop coverage. I wouldn't say AT&T is "horrible"... Certainly pulls enough for phone, Pandora, and email...same if I head up the mountain and towards the lake.

Sorry you had a bad data experience, Tim T. Dec 7, 2015
Tim T.
Westport, MA
Tim T.   Westport, MA
Thanks Ben, that data is better than nothing!

I think I'll give it a shot... and maybe post some speed test results once I get there for anyone who might be interested in the future. Dec 7, 2015
Tim T.
Westport, MA
Tim T.   Westport, MA
AT&T coverage update:

Cell service at HP40 for AT&T is horrible....

Unless you are standing on The Overlook, there is no way you are getting "full coverage" through AT&T, especially at any of the camping areas.

Any nearby AT&T cell tower is located off the mountain(plateau), which causes any real signal to be blocked as soon as you move away from the edge of the cliffs.

Don't expect data speeds to exceed 2mbps, and you will be lucky if you get that...

On the other hand, there is a Verizon tower on top of the mountain, so Verizon service is amazing.

My initial Verizon DL speed was over 45mbps, one of the highest I have ever seen...



tldr; AT&T is horrible here, Verizon is awesome. Dec 14, 2015
Kent Dunham
Alberta
Kent Dunham   Alberta
Anyone know what the situation is with the guidebook? I've looked online and it seems like its out of print. Aug 30, 2016
Hillbill
Indianapolis
Hillbill   Indianapolis
One of the workers at HP40 said they stopped printing the guidebook because they are currently working on a new version.....coming soon? Aug 30, 2016
New guidebook is available.. kinda upset with its edgy star system.. but what ever.

rockerypress.com/store-2/#!… Mar 21, 2017
Albi Eds
Brooklyn, NY
Albi Eds   Brooklyn, NY
Is there anywhere local to rent crash pads? Thinking of taking a trip out here and would rather not drag pads out from the Northeast. Dec 6, 2017
Brad "Stonyman" Killough   Alabama  
Yes the store there rents them. Dec 6, 2017