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T.W. on DEAD RECKONING, 5.10a

Description 

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.


Getting There 

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840 Total Routes


['4 Stars',52],['3 Stars',341],['2 Stars',348],['1 Star',82],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',20],['5.7',23],['5.8',55],['5.9',67],['5.10',113],['5.11',72],['5.12',40],['5.13',10],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',64],['V2-3',182],['V4-5',103],['V6-7',46],['V8-9',36],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',11],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Alabama:
Genesis   V3 6A     Boulder, 10'   Temp HP40
Bumboy   V3 6A     Boulder, 8'   Horse Pens 40 : Supa Coola Area/ Millipede ...
Grooverider   V3+ 6A+     Boulder, 10'   Horse Pens 40 : Turtle Rock/ Natural Boulde...
Man With The Slow Hand   V4 6B     Boulder   Temp HP40
Earth Wind & Fire   V4 6B     Boulder   Horse Pens 40 : Deck Area/Front Slabs
Red Arrow   V4 6B     Boulder   Temp HP40
Mortal Combat   V4-5 6B+     Boulder, 20'   Horse Pens 40 : Mortal Combat Area/ Mortal ...
Hammerhead   V5 6C     Boulder   Horse Pens 40 : Deck Area/Front Slabs
Millipede   V5 6C     Boulder, 8'   Horse Pens 40 : Supa Coola Area/ Millipede ...
God Module   V11+ 8A     Boulder   Temp HP40
Knob Wall   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Sand Rock : Sun Wall
Yum Yum Tree   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Jamestown : Harvest Wall
Graham's Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Steele
That Eight (aka Kennel Club)   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Sand Rock : Holiday Block
My Dog Has Fleas   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Sand Rock : Holiday Block
Comfortably Numb   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 120'   Sand Rock : The Pinnacle
Knife Crack   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Griffin Falls
Oyster   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Sand Rock : Holiday Block
Misty   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Sand Rock : Sun Wall
Dreamscape   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Sand Rock : Sun Wall
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Featured Route For Alabama
Starting the fun airy flake.

Sugar Magnolia 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  AL : Steele
Another great airy Steele outing! Included for historical purposes as it is outside the SCC boundary.The cleanest way to start is on the first pitch of Golden Arches. Start up the slab to the steep crack of GA. The steep crack of GA does not protect well and is probably R rated, as the guide suggests. Be very comfortable at the grade and watch for thin friable holds. Begin moving left up a short wide crack to a series of large horizontals. Belay here or continue linking. Traverse the horiz...[more]   Browse More Classics in AL

Photos of Alabama Slideshow Add Photo
Liz redpointing The Wasp, V3, Horse Pens 40.
Liz redpointing The Wasp, V3, Horse Pens 40.
T.W. on DEAD RECKONING, 5.10a
T.W. on DEAD RECKONING, 5.10a
Gene Smith working on the FA of Chandler Roof
Gene Smith working on the FA of Chandler Roof
Denmark Blount maintains intense focus on his footwork as he leads Wild Iris.
Denmark Blount maintains intense focus on his foot...
Brad Killough, doing what he does at most comps. Judge & spot.
Brad Killough, doing what he does at most comps. J...
Nice trad, past Fiath.
Nice trad, past Fiath.
jon at the belay station on "2 pitch not 2 pac"
jon at the belay station on "2 pitch not 2 pac"
High Life, V5, HP40
High Life, V5, HP40
Katrenis on Millipede,  HP40
Katrenis on Millipede, HP40
The crew at Sand Rock!
The crew at Sand Rock!
Weiss.
Weiss.
jon and john pitch two "2 pitch not 2 pac"
jon and john pitch two "2 pitch not 2 pac"
Brad Killough on Oyster 5.10 a
Brad Killough on Oyster 5.10 a
john wilson on the first pitch of "2 pitch not 2 pac"
john wilson on the first pitch of "2 pitch not 2 p...
Alabama yard dog.
Alabama yard dog.
Spring.
Spring.
hope that gri gri checks out
hope that gri gri checks out
More boulders than boulderers.
More boulders than boulderers.
Comments on Alabama Add Comment
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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...

By starboarder2001
Apr 3, 2013

I found a guide book for little river canyon. Little River Canyon Guide

By bernard
From: birmingham, al
Nov 6, 2013

stoked!

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.