T.W. on DEAD RECKONING, 5.10a
It may not be the first place you think of as a climbing destination, but Alabama has some excellent crags to choose from, most within a two-hour drive of Atlanta or Birmingham.
Climbing in Alabama is mostly sandstone. The Cumberland Plateau, which hosts the great sandstone cliffs of Tennessee, extends into northern Alabama. Areas like Jamestown
are similar to T-Wall and Sunset in Chattanooga, though the cliffs are not as tall. Other areas like Sand Rock
, by contrast, tend toward sandstone with a fair amount of conglomerate mixed in.
For trad climbers, Jamestown
is the top destination, with numerous excellent lines. Areas like Sand Rock
and Griffin Falls
have a mix of sport and trad, while Palisades Park
is a great place for setting up easy to moderate topropes. Boulderers can enjoy the great problems of Horse Pens 40
and Moss Rock Preserve
Because many of Alabama's destinations are on private land, access has been a perennial problem. While there are some areas that have been closed with little hope of ever reopening, Jamestown is a special success story. In 2005, the Southeastern Climbers Coalition purchased the land that includes the Jamestown cliffline, reopening the area to legal climbing for the first time in 12 years. With luck, other off-limits areas can be reopened with similar tactics.
See individual climbing areas for specific directions.
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Some have said this should get an R rating, but if you trust in some shallow nuts in the lower half I would say PG. The physical crux is protected by 2 bomber pins, the topmost of which recently held a nice whipper. Pull onto the undercut wall and trend just slightly left to a #3 cam placement about 10-15 feet up. Continue up fantastic, steep, technical face moves through 2 pitons and the ultimate crux. Pull this and continue through a small amount of 5.7 to a bolted anchor.Stellar fac...[more] Browse More Classics in AL
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By shannon stegg
Mar 24, 2013
how come Little River Canyon is not represented in mountain project
By Br'er Rabbit
From: The Briar Patch
Mar 25, 2013
Because the locals would freak!
Shannon....you should add your knowledge to the database here, especially on the classics.
Jamestown, Sandrock, Tallulah, Laurel Knob, Whitesides...
From: birmingham, al
Nov 6, 2013
probably as much forgotten about the canyon as remains topical
By AU Tiger Fan
Jul 12, 2014
I could not find the Walls of Jericho in Jackson County on here. Was surprised. Thought it might be. Great hiking but walls and caves make for excellent climbing.