Jamie finds a nice traverse in the warm up area.
Kenneth McGinnis getting his slope on at Zahnd.
Zahnd is another one of the great little bouldering areas (163-acres) that you will find along Lookout Mountain in northwest Georgia. On a busy day when there are 50 cars in the parking lot at Rocktown, there may be one car at Zahnd. Yes the climbing is not as primo and the area is smaller than Rocktown, but there is more than enough sweet southern sandstone to keep your interest for a few days. There is a new topo by drtopo http://www.drtopo.com/georgia/zahnd.pdf that gives you the general idea of the area.
Zahnd is characterized by grey rock with neat features and texture. A good portion of the crag has conglomerate pebble so it is not as friendly as Horsepens and Rocktown but is still worthy of a visit. A short 5 minute walk from the parking pull off puts you in a small warmup area and the start of the small cliffline. A few hundred feet from the warmup area; go right on a trail and head downhill. It will take you to a cluster of large and small boulders centered around the Phantom Boulder. You will know this boulder as it is small at the bottom and fans out wildly in all directions. There are several hard problems to include Harvest Moon. Back at the warmup area, Trend left and walk along the cliffline a few hundred feet the first toprope area. The cliff stops for a few hundred feet but starts again further down...check it out and explore. Walk down the hill from the first toprope area, trending left and you will find a cluster of boulders with many problems and a tall slab finger called The Sail.
There are many more boulders further down the cliffline and down in the forest below the cliff and don't forget the cliffline portion that faces into the valley, it has some cool problems too. If you have a little time, take a hike and see what you can find. Zahnd is a very beautiful and quiet area and if your tire of the packed crowds at Horsepens and Rocktown, this area may be just right for you. Explore and enjoy.
This area is also used by hunters, so please call for info on hunt dates 706-295-6041 GDNR
GDNR map of area: www.georgiaoutdoors.com/hunting/
Zahnd Tract Natural Area
Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Wildlife Resources Division
Located on GA. HWY. 157
Southwest Walker County, Georgia
Emergency Dial 911
706-375-7810 Walker County Emergency
For information call 706-295-6041 GDNR
No camping or water at Zahnd. Go to Rocktown for camping. You can get supplies in nearby Lafayette. There are convenience stores, a Pizza Hut, Steak house and Long John Silvers (yummy) along with a large grocery store.
Rock Climbing Rules
1. The law of gravity is strictly enforced, climb smart. Your safety is your responsibility.
2. Placement of bolts requires a written permission from DNR.
3. Tree used for top rope anchors must be protected by padding from ropewear.
4. Stay on existing trail.
5. Boy Scouts must conform to BSA National Policy.
6. Pets must be kept on leash at all times.
Double Check knots and harness buckle
Inspect and replace gear as necessary.
Fixed gear is unreliable-back it up.
Know your partners and their habits.
Read all warnings. They can save your life.
Check your belay - are you sure you are on?
Keep an eye on the weather.
Rock can break - check your holds.
Always double check your rappel system.
Wear a helmet - it can save your life.