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Horse Pens 40 Bouldering

HORSE PENS 40 Bouldering

Adam Henry/Greener Grass Publishing

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HP 40 has long been a southern bouldering mecca; now it has its own comprehensive guidebook, thanks to Adam Henry. HORSE PENS 40 Bouldering includes topos, descriptions and plenty of color photos for all the areas and problems at HP40. Henry, a local pioneer and developer of many of the area's challenging problems, also includes information on the history of the park and its climbing. In addition to HP40, the guide covers Moss Rock Preserve near Birmingham and the Palisades Park boulderfield.


The Dixie Cragger's Atlas - A Climber's Guide to Alabama and Georgia

Chris Watford, Market Place Press - 2005

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The Dixie Cragger's Atlas has long been a climber's bible for the southeast (Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama). A longtime climber himself, author Chris Watford has not only ticked many of the routes in his guidebooks, but also has his share of first ascents at some of the region's premier crags.

In the new version of the DCA, Alabama shares a volume with Georgia (Tennessee is in a separate volume). A substantial number of new routes have been added, as well as some new areas such as the recently-reopened Jamestown. The guide also includes narratives on the history of climbing at each area; topos and cliffline photos; and great shots of climbers on routes by photographers like Scott Perkins.

The DCA is available at area climbing stores, or online at the DCA website (click the "Purchase this Item" link above).