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Routes in Bankhead Forest/Ship Rock

"Stonyman" T,S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Arrow Head V3-4 6A+
Bubba V0-1 4+
Cutting Teeth T,S,TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Father and Son T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Fuzzy Crack T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Live To Climb Another Day T 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c R
Storm Trooper V1- 5-
ride the lighting T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
way of the hand T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

Description

Really good rock quality, pretty secluded, shaded in the evenings. Nice area, really pretty.Theres so much virgin rock, with most 80-100 feet. If you like really moderate to stout trad, check it out!

Getting There

From Birmingham, take Interstate 65 North all the way to Hwy. 278 in Cullman and go west to Double Springs. Take a right on 33 all the way to hwy 60 and take a left, go all the way past picnic area to the end of 60 and take a right; you will be on Forest Service Rd. 210. Go past Kinlock Falls area and continue to FS-203 and turn right. Follow FS-203 to FS-208, turn right and follow it all the way to the bridge; park before crossing the bridge. Hike across the bridge to trail head and take trail 206 for 2.6 miles to a large butress on the left. Follow the trail to the cliff line and go left following the cliff line, you will see the routes mentioned.

After trying these few routes, follow the cliff line back and you will see a large hole in the wall (Eye of the Needle) and you can go through it to the other side and find more rock, rock, rock and more rock.

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Brad "Stonyman" Killough   Alabama  
Yes there is a way to the top for top rope at the shiprock site. Go to the hole in the wall short cut through to the other side, instead of going up and through the hole go left when you get to the bluff line turn left following the bluff for a bit and you will see the trail going up. Dec 17, 2014
coordinates for the parking lot: 34 20' 27" N 87 28'12"W Nov 25, 2014
Is there a way to walk to the top of any of the climbs to set up a top rope? and is there a good place to camp near by? Nov 25, 2014
Jason Watts
Boulder,CO
Jason Watts   Boulder,CO
A group has started developing the area Brad mentioned here. I will be posting more information about the routes and areas shortly. May 13, 2012

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