2009: Yellow Bluff, AL (4 acres)
The Yellow Bluff climbing area is comprised of nearly 1,110 ft of 50 to 80 foot tall sandstone climbing cliff located in northeastern Alabama. Situated South of Huntsville in Morgan County, this climbing area has a long history of climbing, specifically due to it being one of the first true sport crags in Alabama. Yellow Bluff is one of Alabama's most popular crags, and is characterized by 90-100 degree vertical, sand stone walls of bright yellow, orange, and brown colors. There are approximately 40 routes at Yellow Bluff.
In June of 2005, Brad McLeod drove up from Adam Henry's house on a trip north to check out the mystical and then closed Yellow Bluff. After Brad made initial contacts with the landowners, Paul Morley, SCC Board Member and local Huntsville climber, then stepped in to steer the project through its long and drawn out negotiations on purchasing the right side of the crag. Through persistence and hard work, Paul continued the talks with the landowner, leading to an affirmative agreement to sell at a set price. Now Yellow Bluff is climber owned and managed.
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2009: Steele, Alabama (26 acres)
The SCC closed on a 25.59 acre tract (1,418 linear feet) of cliffline at Steele on September 4, 2009. The Steele climbing area has been closed to climbers since 1987 due to private land owner issues. The goal of The Southeastern Climbers Coalition (SCC) is to open this crag to the climbing public for future generations to enjoy. Steele is comprised of over one mile of 80 to 100 foot tall sandstone climbing cliff located in northeastern Alabama. Situated above the town of Steele, this area has a long history of climbing dating back to the mid 1970's. Several old rings and angle pitons have been found scattered all along the cliffline. The 25 acre Steele tract includes approximately 40 climbing routes, both sport and traditional along with a hillside strewn with sandstone boulders. The 25 tract also has a house trailer, metal shed, parking and good road access from the main highway (Chandler Mountain Road). The distance from the house trailer to the Nardo Wall is a short 800 linear feet hike with only a few hundred feet in rise.
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2011: Deep Creek, TN (2 acres)
The Deep Creek cliffs and streams are located on TN Dept of Environment and Conservation land (State Land) and it is by their grace that we are allowed to recreate there. Please be respectful of all rules, other people, and of the sensitive environment while you visit this special and unique area.
Deep Creek Parking area and first 2 minutes of approach trail are owned and maintained by the Southeastern Climbers Coalition. While in this area, please be respectful of adjacent land owners by keeping a low profile and following the rules below. Please enjoy your visit to Deep Creek!
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2012: Hospital Boulders, AL (39 acres)
Just north of Gadsden and less than 30 minutes from Horse Pens 40, the Hospital Boulders boasts 150-200 high quality sandstone boulder problems, and even some short traditional, sport and top rope climbs on the west brow of Lookout Mountain. The area, with its spectacular scenic views, still has potential for many more first ascents.
The SCCLT officially closed on the Hospital/High Rocks parcel on November 15, 2012. The Access Fund has providing a bridge loan of $75,000 from the Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign (AFLCC) to finance the acquisition. The SCC is now asking the climbing community to show their support and help fund raise $80,000 to complete the purchase.
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The SCC Land Trust is presently looking for new climbing areas to preserve and maintain open access. If you have a climbing area that you would like to donate or sell at a fair price, The SCC would be very interested in sitting down and speaking with you.
Matthew Gant - firstname.lastname@example.org
Gus Fontenot - email@example.com
Brad McLeod - firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to become a member of the SCC or make a donation towards either of the properties then click here to be taken to our Donations page or you can send a check to:
SCC Land Trust
C/O Joseph Goetz
1903 E 12th Street
Chattanooga, TN 37404