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Hospital Boulders Rock Climbing 

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Hospital Boulders. Photo credit John Paul Floyd.


On November 15, 2012, the Southeastern Climbers Coalition, with funding provided by the Access Fund, purchased the "Hospital Boulders" in Gadsden, Alabama.

The Hospital Boulders boasts 150-200 high quality sandstone boulder problems, and even some short traditional, sport and top rope climbs on the west brow of Lookout Mountain. The area, with its spectacular scenic views, still has potential for many more first ascents.

The 39-acre tract sits conveniently off I-59, just past Mountain View Hospital at the end of Scenic Highway in Gadsden, AL. Access is optimal with an SCC-owned road that leads to a parking area less than a minute from the boulder field. There are additional boulders located just outside the SCC property, and the SCC will be working with the landowner of this adjacent property to open up the entire boulder field in the future.

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Classic Climbing Routes in Hospital Boulders

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Hospital Boulders:
Arc Minute   V4 6B     Boulder   Barn Area
Mystified   V5 6C     Boulder, 18'   Eddie Area
Hammer   V5 6C     Boulder   Eddie Area
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Mystified V5 6C  Alabama : Hospital Boulders : Eddie Area
LOCATION: Eddie Area A9 in the SCC topo.Start low on the jugs. Move up to right hand sidepull. Big left hand move out of overhang to jug. Match the jug, and then use a left heel hook to move up to crimp rail. Big move to the sloper top out; this is the crux.All the holds are chalked up. Downclimb the backside after topping out....[more]   Browse More Classics in Alabama

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Rock Climbing Photo: Hospital Boulders. Photo credit John Paul Floyd.
Hospital Boulders. Photo credit John Paul Floyd.
Rock Climbing Photo: Hospital Boulders. Photo credit John Paul Floyd.
Hospital Boulders. Photo credit John Paul Floyd.
Rock Climbing Photo: Hospital Boulders. Photo credit John Paul Floyd.
Hospital Boulders. Photo credit John Paul Floyd.

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By Jordan Mitchell
Oct 15, 2013
Hospital Boulders is a very cool boulder field that includes some tall formations. Low traffic makes this a great spot to get away from the crowds and loud groups. There looks to be plenty of problems to put up still, you will be able to see where some folks have climbed or cleaned and you will see a lot of moss and dirt on the rock as well. We went without knowing anything in the place and got a complete day of bouldering in. There are a variety of types of problems, which also range in difficulty. You can climb slabs, bulges, faces, steep, overhung... Definitely worth adventuring to.
By George Evans
Jan 20, 2015
Farmer's Dyno, Underworld, 50 Words for Crazy, Headbangers Ball, etc. are not on the tract of property that the SCC purchased and are still on private land.
By Tim Foote
Jan 14, 2016
Anyone know where you can get a map of the problems or any sort of layout? Or is it more of a go with people who know the territory the first time kinda thing?
By Frictionquest
Jan 20, 2016
There is a topo on scc website on the hospital boulders page just click the link labeled for the topo.
By laxrulz777
Apr 1, 2016
Went on Good Friday and met a couple of guys who help maintain the place. Friendly and helpful. The boulder field is very large with a relatively compact "upper" section with mostly v3+ type problems and a lower section where some of the easier routes are (though the routes in the lower section are by no means all easy). All things considered, had a very good experience.

One note, once you're through the gate, just keep driving straight until you get to the barn and a sign. That's the boulder field. There is a section before that that looks like a bouldering area (though significantly overgrown). That's private land owned by someone else and they rent it out to hunters. Don't go there.

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