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WARNING: Climbing is Potentially Dangerous!
Just as any great climbing area, Sand Rock has its share of pitfalls and advantages. The advantages of climbing here are the quality and quantity of rock, easy access, and wide variety of climbing available. Once you visit the crag you may notice the large groups of climbers near the main area. Unfortunately many climbing classes also find the top rope friendly boulders a bonus...This just means you may need to hike a little further or climb the more obscure areas at Sand Rock.
The other unattractive feature
of Sand Rock is the amount of trash and graffiti...well it used to be!
Thanks to the SCC
(Southeastern Climbers Coalition) and Sand Rock Boulders Preservation
Society (SRBPS); The place which once held the title of "The Dirtiest
Place to Climb in Alabama" has become a much more enjoyable place
for hikers, climbers, and families. The SCC and SRBPS together formed
clean up days and have taken action against vandalism and trash. In the
past it was not uncommon to step over or around garbage to get to the
graffiti filled boulders. Sand Rock still remains as one of my favorite
places to visit, the weather is usually cooperative, the locals friendly,
and the climbs are challenging. Remember this is a dry county and any
alcohol could get you a sizable ticket or get you a special tour of the
Plastic hold brush
Bubba brush W/Blow hose
Top Rope Anchors:
30 ft. 20 ft., & 15 ft. slings
Regular Oval & Locking Carabiners
Various Cams, Nuts, and Hexxes
Lead (Sport & Trad):
John trying "Buttercup" on the shark boulder
Sorry Chris's book is now out of print...But he is working on publishing 3 new books to replace this one guidebook. Look for the new books divided up by State Mid-late summer. If you can find a copy of this book, snatch it up...a great resource for souther climbing.
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