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Sun Wall Rock Climbing 

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Location: 34.18041, -85.81555 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: saxfiend, Brad "Stonyman" Killough, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: saxfiend on Jan 6, 2007


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Leading Misty. Photo by Frank N.


With its southern exposure, the aptly-named Sun Wall is a great place to climb in the winter (and to be avoided in the hot summer months). This cliffline runs parallel to the road into Sand Rock, and in many places you'll see roadside campsites across the way after topping out. The wall is actually a series of free-standing towers detached from the main wall; in many places, the gap is narrow enough to jump across and hike back down to the trail.

The Sun Wall is best known for great sport routes like Misty, but there's also a number of fine trad lines here as well. It's also a good place to get away from the crowds at the Pinnacle and Holiday Block.

Getting There 

From the parking lot, cut left before heading to the Pinnacle/Holiday block areas; follow a trail down the hill and to the left until you reach the base of the cliff.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.6 miles from here

43 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',21],['2 Stars',17],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Sun Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Sun Wall:
Knob Wall   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Larry   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   
Windows   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c X     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
Lichen This   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Moe   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   
Popular Science (Golden Flake)   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
White Gold   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Sneakers   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Wall of Horns   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R     TR, 1 pitch, 70'   
Muffins are Burning   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 30'   
Misty   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Disneyland   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Midget Digits   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Pressure Sensitive   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 70'   
Dreamscape   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
Super Grover   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Bocephus   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Rave   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Silent Lucidity   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport   
Nothingness   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Featured Route For Sun Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: starting the fun part. Photo by ADAM CLEAR of Mica...

Dreamscape 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a  Alabama : Sand Rock : Sun Wall
This route starts from the top of a boulder on the back of the wall that contains White Gold. The moves off the ground are thin and require good foot work. After several bolts there is a rest followed by steep juggy climbing. Go straight up for 12d or move out left to easier ground. I would have to say the best route of its grade at SR....[more]   Browse More Classics in Alabama

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By tenesmus
Mar 5, 2007
Much of this wall is bone dry on really wet days. Shockingly dry. Worth the drive when you just know everything else will be wet dry.
By Siberia
From: Birmingham, AL
Aug 21, 2012
When walking from the Sandtrap towards Larry/Moe/Curly there is a small trail that goes down hill to the right. It almost looks like water runoff. Take the right then the trail forks and go left. There's a 40 foot face that has five routes with anchors. From left to right they are probably 7/8?..7..6..9..11-. I only climbed the first 7/8,6, and 9. Some guys were working the harder route and said it was 11b.

It's a great spot for some first sport leads. The routes are short, well protected, close to each other.

The first 7/8? has a dead point/dyno to a jug at the top to clip the anchors from. A very dirty crack may provide an alternative but the big move is fun.

Second rotue from left I didn't climb. From the look of it I'd guess a 7.

The 6? goes up a corner with huge buckets.

The 9+? that is to the right of the big crack is thin with good moves all the way up. Higher up you can move a bit left to big jugs but it seems off route. A two finger half pad left hand gives you a high clip unles you move left to the jugs.

The 11b? looks interesting with a low crux, some creative sidepulls, and good footwork. Stick clip needed for this one.
By spellstrike
From: Duluth
Dec 20, 2016
Sunwall is detached from the walk up/off. I was able to set a top rope on Popular Science which is on the lake facing sunwall by rapping off nearby wall to get across deep/wide chasm to a lower ledge safely with a rope and some cams in a pocket so that a spooky jump wasn't needed.
By BJ Null
May 3, 2017
If walls of horns is the route down and right of the horns, what is the bolted line straight up if you stem the column?

Three or four bolts straight up the stem line, then chains up and slightly left.

What is this line?

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