The cliff line overlooking the small town of Steele, Alabama boasts roughly 100 quality routes on excellent sandstone rock. Access had been denied to this location for more than 20 years, but in 2009 the Southeastern Climbers Coalition secured 25 acres and more than 1,400 linear feet of cliff line that boasts nearly 100 high quality routes on the superb sandstone that defines climbing throughout this area.
Nearby is Horse Pens 40, a climbing league of its own. Atop Chandler Mountain, northeast of Birmingham, the high-quality sandstone throughout Horse Pens 40 is littered with hundreds of world-class problems from V3-V8. A broad range of surface textures will equally challenge your skill and strength.
While you’re in the area, consider giving neighboring Hospital Boulders a try while you’re there. Unlike many of the well-explored crags throughout the southeast, Hospital Boulders is new and still under development, so you’ll be exploring and climbing new lines on a wide variety of problems.