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Sand Rock

Sand Rock Hoe Down awards in 2005

Brandon tops out on the famous boulder problem Jaws.

The bouldering comp guide from one of the first comps at Sand Rock.
Sand Rock Climbing Info
Sand Rock is located on Shinbone Ridge above Lake Weiss near Centre, Alabama. The area is owned by Cherokee County and has seen continual vandalism and abuse for the last 15 years. The Southeastern Climbers Coalition sponsors an annual cleanup and boulder comp to help clean the area and raise money. Cherokee County has recently purchased two new dumpsters for the parking lots and attemped to keep out the ATV traffic with a stone wall.

The climbing area is a series of tall boulders strewn along the side of the mountain. Gritty and sloped with wild huecos and water grooves to boot. Sand Rock has great climbing for the beginner to thrashing hardcore boulderer. Ethics wars have fanned the flames as disputes have broken out over recent bolting of traditional lines. Camping is available throughout the area although there are no toilet facilities. Bring your own water as there is no running water on the top of the mountain. Campers beware of loud parties by the locals that will keep you up all night with revving engines and rebel yells.

A few years back a large chunk of Sand Rock was up for sale and could have been purchased by a local hunt club which could have not been a good thing for climbing. A southern climber and SCC Land Trust board member stepped up to the plate and purchased the tract and preserved climbing in this area for future generations. We greatly appreciate this strong show of support for climbing and continued access to a place we all love dearly.

  • Click here for article on SCC Land Trust Board Member purchasing Sand Rock land:

    Sand Rock Management Info:
    Sand Rock (Cherokee Rock Village) is administered by:
    Cherokee County Parks & Recreation Board
    Courthouse Annex
    Mr. J.C. Stallings, Chairman
    Centre, Alabama 35960

    for questions or information on climbing at Sandrock, please email leannhill1@yahoo.com

  • Click here for Sand Rock Photo Gallery

    Routes to jump on at Sand Rock:
    Misty - 5.10 (sport)
    Wall of Horns - 5.9 (trad)
    Windows - 5.10c
    They Call Me Cruiser -
    Dreamscape - 5.11b (sport)
    Whammy - 5.11d (sport)

    Boulder problems to drop your mat down at Sand Rock:
    Jaws arete - 5.9 (V0-)
    Chinese water torture - V5
    Grooving in B major - V5
    Barn Door traverse - V2
    Blood, Sweat, Tears Traverse - 5.12
    Laughing Boy - V2

    Tips for enjoying Sand Rock
    * Haul out your trash and others if you can. Good vibes go a long way.
    * Be respectful of those around you and keep your rebel yells to a minimum and leave the boom box at home.
    * Come on out and check out the annual spring Hoe Down and help us keep SR in good shape.

    Volunteer History and Access Information Since the first Sandrock Hoedown 1993, and the SCC/Access Fund have done 2 trail days per year, one in the fall and one in the spring. Some of these are recorded in the articles below. As of May 2010, we estimate the total # of SCC volunteer hours at Sandrock to be 5,880 (This is based on 2 trail days per year, 48 volunteers per trail day and 3.5 hrs work per volunteer). The following are links to articles- click on them to view the articles.

  • Access Fund Adopt a Crag Day 10.23.2001 - 22 Volunteers
  • Sandrock For Sale? 10.24.2001
  • Sandrock Property on the Rocks 11.28.2001
  • Sand Rock Agreement Reached 12.31.2001
  • Info on Sandrock 2002 Bouldering Comp. and Cleanup 03.18.2002
  • 9th Annual Sand Rock Hoe Down March 2002 39 Volunteers
  • 10th Annual Sand Rock Hoe Down April 2003 75 volunteers
  • 2nd Annual Adopt-A-Crag Trail Day Sept 2004 60 volunteers
  • 12th Annual Sand Rock Hoe Down March 2005 60 volunteers
  • 13th Annual Sand Rock Hoe Down March 2006 47 volunteers
  • Fall Trail Day Sept 2006 35 volunteers
  • 14th Annual Sand Rock Hoe Down March 2007 100+ volunteers
  • Fall Trail Day Oct 2008 83 volunteers
  • Spring Trail Day March 2009 123 volunteers
  • Spring Trail Day 2010 147 volunteers

    Directions and more info on Sand Rock can be found in Chris Watford’s Dixie Cragger’s Atlas, www.dixiecragger.com a climbers guide to Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia available for sale at and many outdoor retailers. The Dixie Cragger’s Atlas provides extensive route guide information and is highly recommended for any outdoor climbing enthusiast.

    Related Links:

  • www.trails-edge.com
  • http://www.climbgeorgia.com/local/sandrock.htm
  • Sandrock Info
  • Sandrock Route Info
  • History of Sandrock

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    Published on: 2006-01-25 (18512 reads)
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